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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

Facts and Fiction about Colistin from Clinical and Public Health Perspectives

September 20, 2016 | 1:00 PM 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.


CAP/CLSI Webinar: Practical Recommendations for Antifungal Susceptibility Testing and Reporting in Clinical Laboratories: New Drugs, New Breakpoints, New Guidelines

November 15, 2016 | 1:00PM EST

Speakers:
Mariana Castanheira, PhD
JMI Laboratories

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

With the increasing availability of a variety of antifungal agents, susceptibility testing of yeasts associated with significant infections is becoming increasingly important. Clinical laboratorians must know how to approach antifungal testing to help guide treatment decisions. This webinar will focus on the most current recommendations for antifungal testing and reporting to include those found in the newer CLSI documents M57 and M59. The use of Epidemiological cutoff values (ECVs) to interpret results will be described in detail as will effective reporting of antifungal susceptibility test results to the healthcare team. Newer antifungal agents including isavuconazole will be described and strategies for when to test specific agents will be presented. Finally, speakers will address applications in the clinical laboratory for the new CAP checklist items related to antifungal susceptibility testing and reporting. This webinar is intended for laboratorians, pharmacists and clinicians who perform antifungal testing and/or utilize results of antifungal testing for clinical decisions.

Objectives:

  • Communicate the difference between a clinical breakpoint and an epidemiologic cutoff value (ECV) to the healthcare team.
  • Formulate approaches to susceptibility testing and reporting of newly approved and older antifungal agents.
  • Apply the recently published College of American Pathologists (CAP) antifungal checklist items to the clinical laboratory.

Register for this webinar here.


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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