The evolution of lab diagnostics for C difficile, and the role of the IP in facilitating appropriate and timely testing

Meet the Speaker:

Lynn Fine, PhD, MPH, CIC
Infection Control Practitioner,
University of Rochester Medical Center

Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC
Manager Infection Prevention,
Highland Hospital

IP Competency: Novice and Proficient

Duration: 60 minutes      Available through: 12/31/2018


Description:    The diagnostic and microbiology laboratory is an essential component of an effective infection prevention and control program. Laboratory personnel have a broad range of technologies, from traditional to cutting-edge, that they can use to support and enhance the efforts of the infection preventionist (IP). In this era of required HAI reporting via lab identification, appropriate and timely testing along with prompt notification to IP and healthcare workers is essential. IPs must collaborate with lab personnel to achieve shared goals and to communicate needs and problems. A strong relationship between IP and the laboratory is integral to ensuring healthcare quality, patient safety and cost containment. Brief overview of IP needs:

    1. Continuing basic and advanced education on diagnostic and screening tests, especially on new and rapidly changing technology;
    2. How best to use the data generated by the lab; 
    3. How best to work with the lab on automated surveillance; understanding better the data lab is reporting; 
    4. Need for a recommended structure of communication with the lab, especially for IPs with stretched capacity and resources; 
    5. Education on ways to overcome obstacles in understanding and perception of the lab's work by creating a 2-way street of communication based on a clear understanding of both the unique and shared goals of both infection prevention and the lab.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare and contrast lab Id surveillance with traditional infection surveillance
  • Review current lab testing methodologies for C difficile  testing
  • Discuss future trends in lab diagnostics for C difficile testing
  • Explain the role of the IP and the laboratory in collaborating to develop, and implement standardized C. difficile testing protocols which are shared nursing and medical staff
  • Describe ways in which IPs can provide education and feedback to nursing and medical staff to ensure timely and appropriate testing

This program is made possible by an unrestricted educational grant from Roche, an APIC Strategic Partner.

Group Site License: Registration includes one internet connection and one telephone connection at one location and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.

Nursing contact hours: 1

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Accreditation Statement: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. (APIC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

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No speaker or planning committee member disclosed any financial or commercial interest that affected this educational activity.


Recorded 05/18/2016
Recorded 05/18/2016
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1.00 CNE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CNE credit  |  Certificate available