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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

CLSI Webinar:

Developing Your Laboratory’s IQCP for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
September 15, 2015 | 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern (US) Time

Program Description:

As of January 1, 2016, accredited clinical laboratories performing routine antimicrobial susceptibility tests (ASTs) will have two options for frequency of quality control (QC): 1) perform QC daily as specified in Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments regulations, or 2) develop an individualized QC plan (IQCP) to support less frequent performance of QC. It will no longer be acceptable to follow CLSI standards for weekly QC of ASTs without documentation to support that this approach will not put patients at any greater risk as compared to daily QC. This session will look at the necessary requirements for AST IQCP and present one example of an AST IQCP.

Program Objectives:

1. Discuss the requirements for IQCP as mandated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
2. Describe the new College of American Pathologists requirements for IQCP.
3. Develop an example of an IQCP for AST.

Speakers:

Susan E. Sharp, PhD, ABMM, FAAM
Director, Regional Microbiology and Molecular Infectious Diseases Laboratories
Kaiser Permanente
Portland, Oregon, USA

Linda C. Bruno, MA, MT(ASCP)
Director, Microbiology and Molecular Pathology Labs
ACL Laboratories
Rosemont, Illinois, USA

Related CLSI Document:

EP23-A, Laboratory Quality Control Based on Risk Management; Approved Guideline

Registration will be available soon! 

 

CLSI Webinar:

Finding Value in Your AST IQCP: Improving Accuracy and Timeliness of AST Reports
November 19, 2015 | 1:00-2:00 PM Eastern (US) Time

Program Description:

There are many challenges today related to antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) and reporting. Results reported on patients’ isolates are not always accurate, even when results from testing routine quality control (QC) strains are “in control.” There are also concerns about timely reporting of AST results to help minimize delays in administering effective antimicrobial therapy. Development of an AST individualized QC plan (IQCP) is intended to help laboratories identify areas in the AST and reporting processes where errors might be made and how errors can be avoided by application of various quality measures. This session will focus on developing a plan including work aids to minimize errors in reporting AST results, and reporting preliminary and final results in a timely manner. Emphasis will be placed on those results most likely to have an impact on patient management.

Program Objectives:

1. List at least 10 AST results that should be confirmed before reporting.
2. Discuss processes that can be implemented to “identify” the most common AST reporting errors.
3. Describe ways to improve AST report turnaround time.

Speakers:

A. Beth Prouse, MS, MT(ASCP)
Clinical Microbiologist
Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Salisbury, Maryland, USA

Janet A. Hindler, MCLS, MT(ASCP)
UCLA Medical Center
Los Angeles, California, USA

Related CLSI Document:

EP23-A, Laboratory Quality Control Based on Risk Management; Approved Guideline

Registration will be available soon! 

Continuing Education Credit

Each webinar participant will receive one hour of Continuing Education Credit. CLSI is an approved provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) P.A.C.E.® Program.

On-Demand Webinars

Most of the 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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