Because laboratory testing is often important for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment of infections, inappropriate tests or problems with procedures may result in misdiagnoses, unnecessary treatment, and higher health care costs. To address this issue, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society for Microbiology have published a guide intended to minimize the problems that can arise around laboratory testing for infectious diseases (http://bit.ly/13AWpGy).
Mitka M. Infectious Disease Experts Offer Laboratory Testing Guide. JAMA. 2013;310(8):783-784. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.245332