This presentation will be of interest to laboratory professionals regarding the name and technology changes, and the impact that they have on diagnostics and patient treatment.
The Age of Automation and Molecular Diagnostics in the microbiology laboratory is changing the nature of diagnostics and the microorganisms. This presentation will discuss the extensive changes in taxonomic classification across the bacteria, fungi and parasites as a result of molecular diagnostics. The nomenclature changes will likely affect patient treatment and outcomes. In order to effectively identify organisms, laboratories must consider balancing traditional microbiology with automation and molecular techniques to fit not only the patient population and workflow but also available expertise and budget. There is no one size fits all in a microbiology lab, and just because you can, does not mean you should, but “what’s in a name”, is more than meets the eye.