Automatic for the People: Automation in Clinical Microbiology
What kinds of clinical microbiology tests can be automatically performed? What tests can be automatically read? These are the types of questions answered over a five-part webinar series on lab automation.
What: Total Laboratory Automation in Clinical Microbiology seminar series
When: Every other Wednesday at 2:00 pm EST starting 8/1/2018
Cost: $35 for ASM members/$47 for non-members (not a member? Join today!)
Automation in clinical microbiology has been increasingly discussed at conferences and in the literature. Many labs increasingly rely on machines to perform specific tests; five article titles feature “automated” or “automation” in the most recent Journal of Clinical Microbiology issue alone. From barcoding samples for systematic processing to automated scoring of differential media, computers have become an integral part of the clinical microbiology work flow. How will your lab change by adapting these new technologies? Learn two major lab automation systems and the effects of these on work flow in the webinar series made possible through an unrestricted education grant from Becton Dickinson.
Editorial comic strip about lab automation. Source.
As a primer to the workshop, catch up on some of the recent summaries and opinions on clinical microbiology automation:
- Pritt B.S. Optimizing Test Utilization in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory: Tools and Opportunities. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 55(12) Sept 27 2017.
- Kirn T.J. Commentary: Automatic Digital Plate Reading for Surveillance Cultures. Journal of Clinical Microbiology54(10) Aug 10 2016.
- Budding A.E. et al. Automated Broad-Range Molecular Detection of Bacteria in Clinical Samples. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 54(4) Jan 13 2016.
- Faron M.L. et al. Automated Scoring of Chromogenic Media for Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus by use of WASPLab Image Analysis Software. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 54(3) Dec 30 2015.
- Bourbeau G.V. and Ledeboer N.A. Automation in Clinical Microbiology. Journal of Clinical Microbiology 51(6) March 20 2013.
- Ledeboer N.A. and Dallas S.D. Point-Counterpoint: The Automated Clinical Microbiology Laboratory: Fact or Fantasy?Journal of Clinical Microbiology 52(9) March 19 2014.
How does your lab use automation when running clinical tests? Leave a comment below if you'd like to see lab automation addressed in future Bugs & Drugs posts.