48 The Role of the Clinical Laboratory in Infection Prevention and Control

Friday, March 19, 2010: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Centennial I-II (Hyatt Regency Atlanta)
CME Credits: 2
Type: Oral
Summary: The clinical laboratory is a key partner in the successful prevention and control of infections in healthcare settings. This symposium will outline how advances in laboratory methodology and changes in interpretation of results affect infection control practice. Faculty will discuss challenges in detection of new and emerging antibiotic resistance problems in nosocomial pathogens. Faculty will also discuss the effect of consolidation of laboratory services and loss of onsite laboratories on hospital infection prevention programs.
Learning Objectives:
Angela M. Caliendo, MD, PhD and Yehuda Carmelli, MD, MPH
4:00 PM
Best Practices for Detecting and Reporting Isolates with Emerging Resistance Phenotypes
Janet Hindler, MCLS, University of California, Los Angeles
4:30 PM
Advances in Laboratory Technologies Can Improve Infection Prevention Efforts
Melissa Miller, PhD, D(ABMM), University of North Carolina
5:00 PM
How CLSI and EUCAST Are Affecting the Work of Infection Prevention
Jean B. Patel, PhD, D(ABMM), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
5:30 PM
Who Moved My Lab? Infection Control Impact of a Changing Laboratory Environment
Daniel Diekema, MD, University of Iowa College of Medicine and Hospitals and Clinics; Iowa City Veterans' Affairs Medical Center