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  • 6-AM and BUP:  New Useful Assays in the Opiate Crisis
    6-AM and BUP: New Useful Assays in the Opiate Crisis
    Dr. Mary Mayo Recorded: Dec 12 2018 44 mins
    The opiate crisis has reached epidemic proportions, evidenced by more than 17,000 deaths a year and $504 billion in economic costs in the U.S. alone¹. Healthcare providers and laboratories need highly specific tests that accurately detect drugs of abuse in patient-care, employment, athletic and prescription drug monitoring settings.

    In this webinar, Dr. Mary Mayo discusses two highly sensitive assays—the Syva® EMIT® II Plus 6-Acetylmorphine (6-AM) and Buprenorphine (BUP)—that expand available options for drugs-of-abuse testing.

    After attending this webinar, you will be able to describe the:
    • Differences in opioid drugs
    • Magnitude of the opioid epidemic
    • Reasons to use specific drug tests related to opioids
    • Performance characteristics of the Syva EMIT II Plus 6-AM and BUP assays

    P.A.C.E. credit is available for your participation.*

    Presenter: Mary Mayo, Ph.D.

    Dr. Mary Mayo is a medical affairs manager with Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, with more than 25 years’ experience in the clinical laboratory. This includes twelve years as a laboratory director, nine years as director of clinical chemistry at a tertiary-care academic hospital and three years as the laboratory director of a commercial laboratory.

    References:

    ¹ CDC. “Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments.” https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/opioid-overdoses/. Accessed 6 Mar 2018.

    *Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.
  • Antibiotic Stewardship: The Basics for U.S. Microbiologists
    Antibiotic Stewardship: The Basics for U.S. Microbiologists
    Barbara L. Zimmer, Ph.D. Recorded: Nov 8 2018 59 mins
    Barbara L. Zimmer discusses trends in antibiotics and resistance, and the role microbiology laboratories play in staying ahead of their potentially damaging effects, such as longer illness, increased mortality, prolonged hospital length of stay and increased costs.

    After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

    • Better understand antibiotic resistance
    • Position your laboratory to comply with antibiotic policies and recommendations
    • More accurately test for and monitor antibiotic resistance in your laboratory

    P.A.C.E. credit is available for your participation.*

    Presenter: Barbara L. Zimmer, Ph.D.

    Barbara L. Zimmer, Ph.D., is a principal scientist for Beckman Coulter. She is also a lecturer in mycology and infectious diseases in the Department of Dermatology at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Dr. Zimmer is an advisor of the CLSI Subcommittee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing. She was previously on the Board of Scientific Counselors’ Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group for the CDC and is the past industry advisor to the Microbiology Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration. She is the author of more than 30 papers and 130 posters and has presented approximately 100 scientific workshops.

    *Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.
  • AU Analyzer Advanced Troubleshooting
    AU Analyzer Advanced Troubleshooting
    Lisa Hammett, Chemistry Product Manager, Beckman Coulter Recorded: Oct 24 2018 54 mins
    In the AU Analyzer Advanced Troubleshooting webinar, the Reliability Improvement Team shares advanced troubleshooting techniques that can help laboratories ensure uptime and reliability of their AU chemistry analyzers. The helpful tools presented during this webinar are based on customer feedback gathered from technical support calls and field service support visits with technologists using our AU systems.

    The presentation is designed to provide you with useful practices and troubleshooting tips for maximum AU analyzer reliability and uptime. This includes an overview of:

    • Common items that can impact results
    • Key analyzer functions, reaction sequence and data calculation
    • Problem-solving techniques for optical density check flags
    • Troubleshooting methods for photocal and other errors

    P.A.C.E. credit and State of Florida CEUs are available for your participation.*

    About the speaker:
    Lisa Hammett holds a B.S. degree in medical technology from the University of Texas at Austin. For almost a decade, Lisa has served as a senior analyst in chemistry product management marketing with Beckman Coulter, specializing in AU chemistry systems. Prior to Beckman Coulter, Lisa served for 16 years as a course developer and customer trainer for AU analyzers with Olympus.

    *Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.
  • Middleware: Managing Workflow in a Digital World
    Middleware: Managing Workflow in a Digital World
    Kelly Abbott, MT ASCP Recorded: Jun 14 2018 36 mins
    Is your clinical laboratory facing increased workloads and complicated workflows? Extensive documentation requirements affecting QC? Need to bridge talent gaps? In this webinar, your peers from El Camino Hospital will share how they addressed those challenges through IT middleware solutions.

    El Camino Hospital had a goal to standardize evaluation of results and continuously improve QC practices so their clinical laboratory scientists could respond to conditions in real time and take appropriate action. In this webinar, El Camino Hospital’s chemistry lead, Kelly Abbott, MT(ASCP), will share how a middleware solution helped them:

    • Optimize laboratory workflow through rules utilization
    • Expand QC practices to address potential issues and monitor result quality
    • Empower staff to meet challenges without the need for IT support

    P.A.C.E. credit may be available for your participation.*

    *Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.
  • The Situation of Antimicrobial Resistance in Europe
    The Situation of Antimicrobial Resistance in Europe
    Professor Gian Maria Rossolini Recorded: Apr 21 2018 26 mins
    Antimicrobial resistance exhibits remarkable diversity in the European population, providing opportunities to explore both trends and testing. In this presentation, Professor Gian Maria Rossolini offers an overview of the current state of antimicrobial resistance—and detection—in the region.

    After viewing this presentation, you will be able to:

    • Understand the diversity of antimicrobial resistance within different European countries
    • Explain the presence and regional trends of various microorganisms:
    • MRSA, which is still highly prevalent in some countries
    • Vancomycin-resistant enterococci, which demonstrate diversity among countries with increasing trends
    • Carbapenem resistance in Gram-negative bacteria, for which resistance is a major and growing problem
    • Colistin resistance, which is emerging in carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter and Klebsiella
    • Describe the importance of accurate antimicrobial susceptibility testing and MIC values in detecting resistance

    P.A.C.E. credit may be available for your participation.*

    Presenter: Professor Gian Maria Rossolini

    Gian Maria Rossolini is a professor of microbiology and clinical microbiology at the University of Florence, and director of the clinical microbiology and virology unit of Florence Careggi University Hospital. Previously, Prof. Rossolini served as professor of microbiology and clinical microbiology at the University of Siena, where he acted as chairman of the Department of Molecular Biology and as dean of the medical faculty.

    *Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.
  • Benefits of Accurate MICs in Routine Testing to Manage AMR
    Benefits of Accurate MICs in Routine Testing to Manage AMR
    Emilia Cercenado Recorded: Apr 21 2018 28 mins
    MICs play a significant role in antimicrobial susceptibility testing. In this presentation, Professor Emilia Cercenado examines the importance of accurate MICs in routine testing, particularly for treatment of infections, appropriate use of antimicrobials and detection of resistance.

    After viewing this presentation, you will be able to:

    •Explain the role of antimicrobial testing in helping to predict—through in vitro assessment—the likelihood of successfully treating a patient’s infection with a particular antimicrobial agent
    •Describe the importance of antimicrobial susceptibility testing in bacterial species not predictably susceptible to drugs of choice for such infections
    •Discuss the detection of clinically relevant antimicrobial resistance in organisms causing an infection

    P.A.C.E. credit may be available for your participation.*

    Presenter: Emilia Cercenado, Pharm.D.

    Professor Emilia Cercenado is the staff senior specialist in microbiology and parasitology at Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón in Madrid, Spain, and an associate professor of microbiology at the Complutense University, also in Madrid. Prof. Cercenado has a Pharm. D. and has held a research fellow position at the University of California at Los Angeles and Harvard Medical School. Prof. Cercenado has co-authored over 340 publications and serves as associate editor of Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica.

    *Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.
  • The Laboratory’s Role in the National Healthcare Safety Network
    The Laboratory’s Role in the National Healthcare Safety Network
    Robert L. Sautter, Ph.D., HCLD (ABB), CC Recorded: Apr 9 2018 58 mins
    In this webinar, Dr. Sautter will discuss the important collaboration efforts between the government and healthcare facilities to stop prevalent and dangerous hospital-acquired infections. After the webinar, you will be able to:

    • Explain how the laboratory and the NHSN can work together to lower infection rates in hospitals
    • Learn how to lower rates of infections, such as blood culture contamination, MRSA and C. difficile
    • Identify how pre-analytic culture collection can affect the results of clean catch and catheter-related infections
    • Discuss how laboratories can work together with the NHSN, an infection surveillance program created by the CDC to eliminate HAIs, to identify problem areas and measure the progress of prevention initiatives

    P.A.C.E. credit* is available for your participation at http://qmark.beckmancoulter.com/r/325Safety.html

    Presenter: Dr. Sautter is a teacher, lecturer and industry consultant. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Eastern Michigan University in the areas of biology and molecular biology, respectively, and his Ph.D., from Wayne State University, in Detroit, Mich., in microbiology. During his career, he held positions as a medical technologist, director of microbiology and medical director for a number of laboratories, before becoming an esteemed consultant for a variety of industry leaders in the area of microbiology.

    *Beckman Coulter Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time, we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.
  • Troubleshooting ISE Issues Part 2
    Troubleshooting ISE Issues Part 2
    Lisa Hammett MT(ASCP) Recorded: Mar 29 2018 38 mins
    Continue the discussion with AU service and support professionals and discover more proven strategies for improving the uptime and reliability of your AU chemistry analyzers.

    In Part 2 of this two-part series, you will learn more about:

    • Troubleshooting ISE problems
    • Solving calibration and reagent problems

    Optional P.A.C.E. credit is available for your participation.*

    Missed Part 1 of the series? Register now at: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/10533/307703

    Note: To attend the webinars, you must register for both Part 1 and Part 2.

    *Beckman Coulter, Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.
  • Improving AU Uptime and Reliability Part 1
    Improving AU Uptime and Reliability Part 1
    Lisa Hammett MT(ASCP) Recorded: Mar 27 2018 40 mins
    Join us for this two-part webinar series designed to help you improve the uptime and reliability of your AU chemistry analyzers.

    Part 1 includes best practices and tips for maximizing analyzer reliability, gathered from AU chemistry service and support professionals. You will learn strategies for:

    • Resolving photometer-related errors
    • Minimizing the occurrence of common hardware problems

    Optional P.A.C.E. credit is available for your participation.*

    Register for Part 2 of the webinar series at: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/10533/307711

    Note: To attend the webinars, you must register for both Part 1 and Part 2.

    *Beckman Coulter, Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.
  • Quality Assurance Procedures to Minimize the Lab's Spurious Results
    Quality Assurance Procedures to Minimize the Lab's Spurious Results
    Ahmed Bentahar MD, PhD, Senior Manager Global Scientific Marketing, Hematology/Urinalysis, Beckman Coulter Recorded: Feb 8 2018 64 mins
    When errors pass through laboratory tests undetected, patients may suffer. What if one of the tests your laboratory performs frequently is also the one most commonly at risk for error?

    Consider patients who present with symptoms of anemia. Clinicians confer the highest importance to hemoglobin (Hgb) measurement. This is because this parameter can directly reflect patient quality of life, independent of any underlying disease that may cause the anemia. Hence, there is a need for quality assurance (QA) measures that ensure Hgb testing reliability. The “rule of three” contributes largely to this end.

    Dr. Ahmed Bentahar, senior manager, global scientific marketing at Beckman Coulter, will discuss a more robust method of red blood cell (RBC) testing and analysis that can yield higher quality results. After this webinar, you will be able to:
    -Use the “rule of three” to combat spurious RBC results
    -Improve the quality of RBC testing and analysis by combining hematocrit and hemoglobin parameters
    -Measure RBCs in their native states more precisely to support better patient care
    P.A.C.E. credit is available for your participation. *
    *Beckman Coulter, Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E® Program. These credits are recognized by the State of California. Most programs also provide State of Florida credits (with valid license number). At this time we cannot issue continuing education credits for those who provide healthcare (or work for an institution that provides healthcare) in Massachusetts or Vermont.

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