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CLSI U Educational Webinars

Learn how to optimize practices and processes in your laboratory.

Webinars provide an efficient, cost-effective way to learn more about recently published CLSI documents, important industry topics, and critical government mandates.

Through these webinars, CLSI’s volunteers share their own expertise and insight on the subjects at hand while using Q&A sessions to encourage participant discussion and interaction.

Attendees can earn P.A.C.E.® continuing education (CE) credits without leaving the laboratory. CLSI often partners with organizations such as the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) and The Joint Commission to provide additional perspectives on shared issues. This collaboration further enables the development of optimal practices and processes in the laboratory.

Upcoming Webinars

Verification of Commercial Microbial Identification and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing Systems

August 17, 2016 | 1:00PM EST

Speakers:
Janet A. Hindler, MCLS, MT(ASCP)
UCLA Health System, Los Angeles, CA

A. Beth Prouse, MS, MT(ASCP)
Peninsula Regional Medical Center

In 2015, CLSI published M52 which describes steps to take to verify commercial microbial identification and antimicrobial susceptibility test (AST) systems. This webinar will focus mainly on verification of AST systems and will briefly describe the M52 content related to verification of microbial identification systems. Recommendations for verification of an AST system newly introduced into a laboratory will be discussed as will verification of new drugs or new panels added to an existent AST system. Examples of forms that can be used to complete the verification study will be provided and sources for reference strains or other materials needed for the verification will be discussed. This webinar will describe a practical approach for AST verification studies to ensure reliability of the AST without being overly burdensome to laboratory personnel.

Objectives:

  • Describe a practical strategy for verification of AST systems.
  • Lists steps needed to verify performance of a new antimicrobial agent (including newly approved agents) when added to an existent AST system.
  • Prepare a verification report for AST systems that is aimed to satisfy accreditation requirements.

Register for this webinar here.


Facts and Fiction about Colistin from Clinical and Public Health Perspectives

September 20, 2016 | 1:00PM EST

Speakers:
Romney M. Humphries, PhD, D(ABMM)
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Jean B. Patel, PhD, D(ABMM)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

David P. Nicolau, PharmD, FCCP
Hartford Hospital

The resurrection of colistin as a last resort drug for treatment of multidrug resistant gram-negative bacilli (MDR GNB) has prompted clinicians and researchers to understand how this agent performs in the test tube and in the patient.  Much has been learned but some aspects surrounding the use of colistin remain a mystery.  This session will focus on colistin testing and reporting, colistin resistance due to mcr-1 and other resistance mechanisms and colistin dosing and administration. The goal is to bring laboratorians, clinicians, pharmacists and public health personnel up to date on the role of colistin in combatting infections due to MDR GNB in today’s healthcare settings.

Objectives:

  • List options for testing and reporting colistin for guiding treatment decisions and monitoring resistance.
  • Discuss public health considerations for mcr-1-mediated resistance and other mechanisms of colistin resistance.
  • Describe clinical parameters including pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) for using colistin for the treatment of MDR GNB.

Register for this webinar here.


Interested in attending both AST Webinars? Register for both by purchasing the webinar package and save.

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Antifungal Testing Update (CLSI/CAP Webinar)

November 15, 2016 | 1:00PM EST

Speakers:
Mariana Castanheira, PhD
JMI Laboratories

Audrey N. Schuetz, MD, MPH, D(ABMM)
Mayo Clinic


On-Demand Webinars

Webinars provided through CLSI over the past 6 months to a year can still be purchased and viewed in their entirety. View a listing of our on-demand webinars here.

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