Of Special Interest:

  • Since 2002, many of us have used ASM's website feature AskIt and it appears that this feature has served the clinical microbiology community well. As the volume of material on AskIt increased, we asked the vendor who built AskIt to modify their software to meet our needs and keep up with advances in technology. However, the vendor has been unable to do this and it was necessary to discontinue AskIt. AskIt is no longer accessible.

    To continue to serve the needs of clinical microbiologists, a new Q&A software has been identified and a Q&A feature will become available on the forthcoming ASM Clinical Microbiology portal. The portal will be launched in December 2011, and we are in the process of transferring relevant content from the AskIt database to the new Q&A database. Additional information about the portal launch and its many features will be shared with you in the coming months.

    We'd like to thank everyone who participated in AskIt and mostly we'd like to thank the volunteers who provided answers to the questions submitted (nearly 4000!) since 2002.  We hope that support of the new Q&A feature will surpass that of AskIt.
    Janet Hindler, MCLS MT (ASCP)
    Tom Thomson, Ph.D., D(ABMM)

  • ASM's Interim Algorithm for Guidance in Testing of Patients with Respiratory Illness for Influenza A (including Novel H1N1)
    The PSAB Committee on Laboratory Practices prepared an interim algorithm to provide guidance to clinical laboratories responsible for testing patients with respiratory illness for Influenza A (including Novel H1N1).
    This newly developed pamphlet outlines the efforts of the American Society for Microbiology on behalf of the members of the Clinical Microbiology Division.

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