Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA—January 2013—Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) have announced their joint educational webinars for antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST). The webinars are based on the recently updated CLSI standards for AST. Some of the highlights for 2013 include additional guidelines for testing Salmonella spp. and fluoroquinolones, elimination of most beta-lactam breakpoints for Staphylococcus spp. and modifications for quality control testing. These changes and several other new recommendations found in CLSI Document M100-S23 will be discussed.
In addition to the webinar, this year there will be an optional post program self-assessment that will allow individuals to assess their knowledge regarding the most important AST and reporting issues for 2013. Laboratories can use this feature to augment competency assessment requirements for their staff.
Webinar information is as follows:
CLSI 2013 AST Update
February 6, 2013 • 1:00–2:30 PM Eastern (US) Time
February 7, 2013 • 3:00–4:30 PM Eastern (US) Time (Repeat Session)
Speaker: Janet A. Hindler, MCLS MT(ASCP), Sr. Specialist, Clinical Microbiology, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, USA
Learner Level: Intermediate
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:
• Identify the major changes found in the new M100-S23.
• Design a strategy for implementing the new practice guidelines into their laboratory practices.
• Develop a communication strategy for informing clinical staff of significant AST and reporting changes.
Register for the upcoming webinars at www.aphl.org/clsi.
APHL is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science P.A.C.E.® Program. Participants who successfully complete each program will be awarded 1.5 contact hours. P.A.C.E.® is accepted by all licensure states except Florida. Each course has been approved for 1.5 contact hours Florida Laboratory Licensees.
To receive continuing education credit, you must view the program and complete the online evaluation by March 7, 2013.
The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) is a not-for-profit membership organization that brings together the varied perspectives and expertise of the worldwide laboratory community for the advancement of a common cause: to foster excellence in laboratory medicine by developing and implementing clinical laboratory standards and guidelines that help laboratories fulfill their responsibilities with efficiency, effectiveness, and global applicability. For additional information, visit the CLSI website at www.clsi.org or call 610.688.0100.