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New UK SMI syndromic documents to be published soon

UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (UK SMIs) are a comprehensive referenced collection of recommended algorithms and procedures for clinical microbiology.

S7 – Gastroenteritis is the first of a new series of UK SMIs to be published under the new syndromic framework. The publication of these new documents signifies a key change in the aims and objectives of the UK SMI principles and is at the forefront of the UK SMI’s five year strategy to provide leadership in the standardisation of clinical microbiology investigations.

The UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations (UK SMIs) Committee and working groups have worked collaboratively with partner organisations, interested parties and lay representatives to bring together the bacteriology, virology and parasitology UK SMIs under a new syndromic framework, reflecting the changes in the testing methodologies used by laboratories.

This new approach encompasses the entire specimen pathway, from facilitating the selection of the most appropriate tests by clinicians for each sample type, through to providing clear standardised testing procedures and reporting advice for laboratories. These integrated documents are designed to provide an evidence-based approach to continuously improving the quality, safety and effectiveness of clinical microbiological services across the UK.

The structure and flow of future documents will be informed by this new approach, and the UK SMI working committees would welcome any feedback from users on how to continue to improve the service.

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Written on behalf of the UK SMI working committees

October 2020

January 2020