Discipline - Clinical microbiology
Culture on growth media plates or broth in an incubator followed by recovery of isolates and species identification (traditional manual techniques or automated equipment)
First added in 2020
Aid to diagnosis
Initial step in detection and identification of bacterial and fungal species for selection of appropriate antimicrobial regimens
Disease-appropriate specimens (e.g. urine, stool, sputum, body fluids, e.g. cerebrospinal fluid, etc.)
Summary of SAGE IVD recommendation
General In vitro diagnostics tests are the general core and routine laboratory tests for clinical chemistry, haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology (virology, bacteriology, parasitology and mycology) and histopathology. These tests were selected on the basis of the scientific validity of an analyte, i.e. the association between an analyte and a clinical condition or physiological state; and clinical utility. Many of these tests are required for effective management of patients and have already been described in WHO publications.