MAR 16, 2021 9:00 AM PDT

The evolving role of the microbiology lab: COVID-19, AMS and new automated technologies that improve rapid diagnostics

Sponsored by: BD
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
Speakers
  • Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Louisville│Medical Director of the Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, University of Louisville Hospital
    Biography
      Dr. Snyder is the Director of Microbiology and Infectious Disease Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Louisville Hospital. He holds the academic rank of Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine. He holds numerous memberships in professional societies including the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Pan American Society for Clinical Virology, Infectious Disease Society of American (IDSA), and the South Central Association for Clinical Microbiology (SCACM). In addition to his daily duties, Dr. Snyder maintains an active research program focusing on clinical trials and technology/product performance assessment in addition to teaching pathology residents, infectious disease fellows, and medical students.
    • Medical Director of Microbiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center│Professor in Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
      Biography
        Romney Humphries, PhD D(ABMM) received her PhD in bacteriology from the University of Calgary, Canada and a clinical and public health microbiology CPEP fellowship at UCLA. She served as the Section Chief of Clinical Microbiology for UCLA for 7 years, after which she transitioned to three years in industry, as Chief Scientific Officer at Accelerate Diagnostics. She is currently the Medical Director of Microbiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she is a Professor in the department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology.
        Dr. Humphries is a member of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing (AST) Subcommittee, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Microbiology Committee, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Professional Practices Committee, and a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Diagnostics Committee. She is a on the advisory board for CARB-X. Her research interests include the development of novel tests for the diagnosis of antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases.


      Abstract
      Date:  March 16, 2021
      Time: 9:00am (PST),  12:00pm (EST)
       
      An important lesson learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is how critical the microbiology laboratory is to ensuring hospitals have surge testing capabilities. At the same time, an increased focus on antimicrobial resistance and rapid detection of resistant organisms has created a need for faster turnaround times while adding layers of complexity. Bottom line: lab resources are increasingly strained. In addition, with microbiology experts retiring and fewer graduates entering the field, labs have struggled to attract and retain the necessary talent to support their increasing volumes. During this webinar you will learn how COVID-19 has impacted AMS initiatives while highlighting the essential role of the microbiology lab in combating AMR and how new technologies in lab automation enable streamlined identification and susceptibility testing to improve laboratory workflow.
       
      Learning Objectives
      • Outline how COVID-19 has impacted hospital antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs
      • Discuss the critical role of microbiology laboratory testing, and surge testing capabilities for crisis management relating to pandemic and AMR
      • Examine new, automated technologies designed to streamline pathogen identification and susceptibility testing to support stewardship initiatives
       
       
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