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Webinar introduces manual with good practices for UTI laboratory management

In an effort to help improve urinary tract infection diagnostics, the team responsible for laboratory work in the ECRAID-Base project is hosting a practical webinar on February 14, 2024. Experts will address the microbiological and clinical nuances of UTI diagnosis, offering know-how based on work done for the POS-cUTI study. These good laboratory practices are included in a new manual.


A recording of this webinar is now available here.


Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) are among the most common bacterial infections. UTIs often require diagnostic and treatment decisions based on a combination of clinical signs, symptoms, and microbiological findings. This close collaboration between clinical microbiologists and Infectious Disease (ID) specialists is key for navigating the complexities of UTI diagnostics effectively and efficiently.

To help professionals sharpen their diagnostic tools, the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and the University Hospital for Infectious Diseases “Dr. Fran Mihaljevic” in Zagreb, Croatia, will jointly host a webinar introducing their new Sample Collection and Management Manual for UTI. The one-hour online meeting will take place on February 14, 2024, from 12:00 o’clock and attendance is free of charge. Please register in advance.

Sample Collection and Management Manual

The webinar will begin with an in-depth presentation of the manual which proposes a standard of care for the sites in the Perpetual Observational Study on complicated Urinary Tract Infections (POS-cUTI) conducted within the EU-funded ECRAID-Base project. The manual not only ensures data comparability and reliability in this particular study, but can also serve as a comprehensive guide for implementing good practices in routine UTI laboratory management.

It is now available for download.

Join the discussion

In the second half of the webinar, clinical microbiologists and ID specialists will engage the attendees in a dynamic panel discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to contribute their views on the manual, fostering a collaborative environment for continuous improvement.

Among the clinical microbiologists and ID specialists who will take part are Professor Arjana Tambić Andrašević and Assistant Professor Iva Butic (Zagreb), Professor Emeritus Herman Goossens (Antwerp), and Jesus Rodriguez Bano, Professor at the University of Seville and study lead for POS-cUTI. The meeting will be chaired by Dr. Biljana Kakaraskoska Boceska (Antwerp).

For more information about the manual and the webinar, you can contact Iva Butic or Biljana Kakaraskoska Boceska.