Cumitechs are consensus reports in booklet form on topics of special interest to clinical microbiology laboratories. Experts cover the optimal procedures for a variety of clinical microbiology techniques. Each Cumitech focuses on a particular diagnostic concern, laboratory technique or infectious agent and attempts to consolidate, in an authoritative, brief and practical form, the latest that is known on each subject. The content of this page is restricted to ASM Members only. We systematically update Cumitechs, and these revised documents are now named Practical Guidance for Clinical Microbiology (PGCM) and are published in Clinical Microbiology Reviews. These PGCM documents provide general guidance for clinical microbiologists, emphasizing current diagnostic methods and their appropriate implementation. Furthermore, the documents link microbiologic practice to current clinical and scientific issues (such as COVID-19). They become freely accessible 1 year after publication.

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