On Demand Webinars and E-Journal Clubs

The Utility of Broad Detection of Respiratory Pathogens: A PASCV E-journal Club Discussion

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P.A.C.E.®
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1.0 Contact Hours

PASCV is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. 

 

Program Information
Moderator: 

Angella Charnot-Katsikas, M.D., The University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL


Speakers:
Angella Charnot-Katsikas, M.D., The University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL

Gregory Storch, M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO

Alexandra Valsamakis, M.D., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD

 

In this first-ever on-line journal club, three discussants will highlight important background, investigational methods, results and interpretation of an outcomes study described in “Comprehensive Molecular Testing for Respiratory Pathogens in Community-Acquired Pneumonia “ authored by Gadsby NJ et al, in Clinical Infectious Diseases 2016;62 (7):817–23. The online audience can follow the discussion using audiovisuals that will include an annotated pdf of the paper.

 

Upon completion of this webinar, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe three limitations of culture-based diagnostics in directing appropriate antibiotic utilization for the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia;
  • Describe how large multiplex NAATs with quantitative capabilities affect diagnostic yield compared to culture;
  • Provide examples of how large multiplex quantitative NAATs for respiratory pathogens can affect antibiotic utilization; and
  • List three critiques that could affect the findings of the discussed study.

Level: Intermediate

 

Suggested Reading
Comprehensive Molecular Testing for Respiratory Pathogens in Community-Acquired Pneumonia

 

Gadsby NJ, McHugh MP, Russell CD, et al. Development of two real-time multiplex PCR assays for the detection and quantification of eight key bacterial pathogens in lower respiratory tract infection. Clin Microbiol Infect 2015; 21:788.e1–13.   (PMID: 25980353)

 

Public Health England. Investigation of Bronchoalveolar Lavage, Sputum and Associated Specimens. UK Standards for Microbiology Investigations. 2015. B 57 Issue 3.1. Available at: http://www.hpa.org.uk/SMI/pdf. Accessed 12 January 2016

 

 

Zika Virus: Diagnostic Testing and Front-Line Management 
This webinar is jointly sponsored by PASCV and AMP.


Webinar Access 

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P.A.C.E. ®
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PASCV members MUST be logged into their account when completing the Program Evaluation to earn credit. Non-members should contact Jess Warner at jess.r.warner@gmail.com for their certificate of attendance once the Program Evaluation is complete.

 

1.0 Contact Hours

PASCV is approved as as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. 


Program Information
Moderator: 

Kevin Alby, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA


Speakers:
Benjamin Pinksy, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA


Zika virus (ZIKV) is an Aedes mosquito-borne flavivirus that emerged in Brazil in 2015 and then rapidly spread throughout the tropical and subtropical Americas. Based on clinical criteria alone, ZIKV cannot be reliably distinguished from infections with other pathogens that cause an undifferentiated systemic febrile illness, including infections with two common arboviruses, dengue virus and chikungunya virus. This presentation details the methods that are available to diagnose ZIKV infection.

 

Cecilia Perret, M.D., Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile 


This presentation will review epidemiology of Zika outbreak in Latin America, some clinical aspects, evidence of zika infection and its complications (congenital disease and Guillain Barre Syndrome), local information of our series of travelers infected with Zika including a pregnant women and sexual transmitted infection.

Upon completion of this webinar, the participant should be able to:

  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Zika virus antibody testing;
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of Zika virus RNA testing;
  • Explore the utility of multiplex testing for co-circulating arboviruses;
  • Understand Zika epidemiology in Latin America;
  • Discuss clinical aspects of Zika infection; and
  • Discuss complications of Zika infection in recent studies.

Level: Basic/Intermediate

 

 

NAATs for Rapid Detection of Influenza Virus: Time for a Paradigm Shift?

 

Webinar Access 

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Program Information

Moderator: 

Diane S. Leland, Ph.D., Indiana University Health Pathology Laboratory, Indianapolis, IN

 

Speaker: 
Richard L. Hodinka, Ph.D., University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Greenville Health System, Greenville, SC

 

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness that can be quite serious and result in significant hospitalization and death, particularly in the very young, the elderly, and individuals with underlying comorbid conditions.  Rapid and accurate detection of influenza disease can play an important role in clinical care and management, but detection of influenza viruses using traditional methods can be challenging.  In this program, we will explore the latest advances in molecular technology for the rapid detection of influenza viruses, discuss some of the issues surrounding these methods, and describe the potential impact of these newer tests on patient care and health-related outcomes.

 

Upon completion of this webinar, the participant should be able to: 

  • Discuss the newest molecular technologies available for the rapid detection of influenza viruses;
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of rapid nucleic acid amplification tests for influenza virus detection; and
  • Discuss how these newer molecular technologies may change the clinical and diagnostic paradigm in the care and management of individuals with influenza.         

 Level: Intermediate

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