Laboratory Diagnosis of Thyroid Disease

Summary: The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that governs the body’s metabolic activity, as the hormones produced by the thyroid influence every major system. More than 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and in many cases it is misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Women are affected with hypothyroidism 10 times more frequently than men. Up to 30% of woman worldwide have goiters. In women older than 75, an estimated 20% will develop Hashimoto’s thyroiditis during her lifet...
Nutrition Dimension

A Jump Start to Phlebotomy

This course is intended to introduce the reader to the art of performing phlebotomy. It is specifically meant to aid MLS students, MLT students, new phlebotomists, nurses, residents, and other professionals in gaining a background before attempting venipuncture for the first time. It may also be used as a review course for current professionals in the field. The basics of phlebotomy are presented in a manner that is meant to help the reader remember the important points to obtaining a good sp...
Colorado Association For Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, Inc.

Laboratory Safety and Infection Control

This course is designed to promote an understanding of the importance of a safety program in the clinical laboratory. This starts with an understanding of general safety regulations governing the clinical laboratory, including OSHA mandated plans for chemical hygiene, occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens, and general laboratory safety.
Colorado Association For Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, Inc.

Advanced Topics in Quality Phlebotomy

This course examines the advanced topics beyond basics that a phlebotomist needs to be aware of to obtain a quality specimen. Topics discussed include the role of effective communication with a diverse patient population, special procedure considerations, pre-analytical variables, and the phlebotomist's role in quality assurance and continuous quality improvement. The hard-copy version of this course is a complete printable “.pdf” file on CD-ROM. To view this file, you may need to log ont...
Colorado Association For Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, Inc.

Components of the Phlebotomy Procedure

This course examines the collection of blood samples by venipuncture and skin puncture, considerations for a quality collection, and possible complications and considerations. Topics discussed include phlebotomy equipment, the venipuncture and skin puncture process, considerations and complications associated with the process of phlebotomy, processing and transport of the blood specimen to the clinical laboratory, and special procedure considerations. The hard-copy version of this course is a...
Colorado Association For Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, Inc.

Phlebotomy: Principles and Guidelines

Designed for all professionals responsible for the pre-analytical phase of a blood specimen, ie. the student, anyone wanting a general update and review of phlebotomy, and the educator responsible for training, competency, and documentation of collected blood specimens, this course examines the principles and guidelines as foundations for quality collections. Discussion includes a brief history, the phlebotomist's role in total patient care, professional and legal responsibilities, the role of...
Colorado Association For Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, Inc.

Cardiac Biomarkers

Each year in the US alone, over one million individuals are diagnosed with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and approximately one half of these have had an AMI in the past. However, as many as 1 - 5% of patients with an AMI are misdiagnosed in the emergency department and are discharged. Rapid diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction is vital and laboratory testing that is sensitive and specific is essential. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to identify the characteristics ...

Advances in Noninvasive Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome and other Trisomies

Recently, the development of more sensitive and specific molecular test methods has moved us closer to replacing invasive prenatal procedures that are currently needed to confirm certain chromosomal abnormalities. This course discusses both the prenatal screening tests that are routinely used today and new molecular methods that offer new hope for noninvasive prenatal testing to diagnose the presence of Down syndrome or other trisomies.

Transfusion Reactions

What are the risks associated with blood transfusion? As a laboratory professional involved in blood preparation for transfusion, do you know what steps you can take to minimize those risks? If a patient starts to exhibit various symptoms during or after a transfusion, would you know how to interpret those symptoms and what actions to take to prevent harm to the patient? These are all important questions that are asked and answered by our new course, Transfusion Reactions. This course covers i...

The Disappearing Antibody: A Case Study

Mr. R.M., a 55-year old male, was admitted to a hospital emergency department with severe lower gastrointestinal bleeding. His physician orders an emergency transfusion of O Rh-negative Red Blood Cells, but problems arise when the laboratory discovers the presence of an antibody. This interactive case study will allow you to work through Mr. R.M.’s case that becomes even more curious when the antibody apparently disappears.

Rh negative female with anti-D at delivery: A case study

If you have completed the course, Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn, you will enjoy working through a case that provides real-world application of what you have learned. This case study presents an opportunity to review perinatal testing programs and the crucial role of RhIg in preventing hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN) due to anti-D. The case also examines practical aspects of routine serologic testing involving neonates and women who have received RhIg during pr...

Introduction to the ABO Blood Group System

Introduction to ABO Blood Group System is an introductory-level course appropriate for MT and MLT students, pathology residents, or others who need a review of basic biochemistry, genetics, and reactions of the ABO system. This course can also be used for CLS schools for academic instruction or could be used as a basic orientation for MT and MLT students who are beginning their blood bank rotation during internship.

Immune Hemolytic Anemias

Objectives: Compare the different types of immune hemolytic anemias. Identify and investigate potential serologic discrepancies caused by autoimmune and drug-induced hemolytic anemias. Differentiate the four mechanisms involved in drug-induced hemolytic anemias. List medications that may be associated with drug-induced hemolytic anemia.

Hemolytic Disease of the Fetus and Newborn

This course presents current information related to hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn (HDFN). It provides you with an opportunity to review and update your knowledge of significant aspects of HDFN and its laboratory investigation and prevention. This course provides a broad overview of many important topics including causative antibodies, laboratory findings in severe HDFN, and pre- and postnatal treatments. Rh immune globulin (RhIg) is covered in depth, since it prevents the most sev...

Current Good Manufacturing Practices for Transfusion Services

Good manufacturing practices lead to final products or services that consistently meet appropriate specifications and compliance with defined regulations. The main goal of good manufacturing practices is to prevent adulterated products from entering the market place. This course focuses on transfusion services and the practices related to the manufacturing of blood and blood components. These practices are correlated to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) current good manufacturing ...

Antibody Detection and Identification

Do you find detective work exciting? Do you want to improve those skills? Our Antibody Detection and Identification course will guide you through the processes that will help you to expose the antibody that is the culprit. Antibodies must be identified so that appropriate blood products are selected for transfusion and the risk of adverse reaction is minimized. Clinically significant antibodies are capable of causing transfusion reactions, hemolytic disease of the newborn and in severe cases, ...

Overview of Prion Diseases

This course includes an overview of the function of prion proteins and the differing theories as to how prions cause several different neurodegenerative diseases. The causes and symptoms of the four types of infectious and classical prion diseases will be explored, as well as the recommendations for safe handling of blood and body fluid specimens from individuals infected with prion diseases.

Detection and Management of Preeclampsia: Current Laboratory Testing and Emerging Biomarkers

Objectives: Define preeclampsia (PE)and discuss its prevalence, characteristics, signs, and symptoms. Identify the characteristics of mild and severe PE as well as the relationship to the HELLP Syndrome. Define the risk factors for PE and differentiate between eclampsia and the HELLP Syndrome. Describe the pathophysiology of PE, its cause, treatment, and prevention. Describe the main triggers used to diagnose PE. Identify laboratory tests used to assist in the diagnosis of PE. Define an...

Tracking Antibiotic-Resistant Tuberculosis

In this course, the presentation of a brief history of tuberculosis (TB) and its developing resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs, is followed by case histories from India, Italy, and the US-Mexican border. The pathogenesis of TB disease in humans is diagrammed and a review of diagnostic laboratory methods, susceptibility testing, and methods of control are explored.

Detecting and Evaluating Coagulation Inhibitors and Factor Deficiencies

What causes a patient's prothrombin time and/or activated partial thromboplastin time to be prolonged when the patient is not on anticoagulant therapy? Is it something that happened as a result of the collection process, is it related to an illness, or is it perhaps related to a factor deficiency or a circulating coagulation inhibitor? This course will acquaint you with several conditions associated with prolonged PT and aPTT test results. You will learn when it is appropriate to perform a mix...

Aspergillus Infections

The primary aim of this course is to provide concise knowledge as to the diagnosis of aspergillus infection. There are three clinical distinct varieties of aspergillus infections. The most common is aspergillus bronchitis, which usually resolves with conservative therapy. The second type is an invasive infection, which usually occurs in patients who are immunocompromised or debilitated. The next most common and of interest is the aspergilloma, or fungus ball. It is a mass that lies free in a p...
Gannett Healthcare Group

Foodborne Parasites

Have you ever eaten sushi, sashimi, ceviche, undercooked pork or unwashed fresh produce or berries? Have you ever drunk water from a stream while out hiking? If so, you may have become infected with a parasite. Parasitic infections from food are much less common in the United States than bacterial or viralborne infections. However, because the number of parasitic infections from food has been rising in recent years, they are of growing concern. The increase has been attributed to a globalizati...
Gannett Healthcare Group

Patients Who Refuse Blood

Patients who choose to decline a treatment often leave healthcare staff perplexed and frustrated. Without question, this situation can be complicated for both patient and caregiver. However, health professionals have an obligation to try to understand these patients’ quandaries. They may be facing a critical illness but have the added stress of someone’s encouraging them to accept a treatment against their most fundamental beliefs. But the refusal of blood is no longer just a religious iss...
Gannett Healthcare Group

Medical Errors for Laboratory Professionals

As a laboratory professional, you have an important role in the outcome of medical treatment of patients. Healthcare providers expect and depend on accurate laboratory results in order to make a diagnosis and initiate proper treatment. The results that laboratories provide must not only be accurate, but they also need to be provided in a short amount of time and communicated clearly. It should be your goal to keep this process error free; however, when errors occur, careful analysis of the...
Gannett Healthcare Group

LabCE - Special Topics in Phlebotomy (Online Phlebotomy / Phlebotomist CE Course)

Authors: Mary Ertl Dettmann, MA, CLS, MT(ASCP); Beth Kratzer, CLS, MT(ASCP) This program is designed as an educational and training tool for laboratory personnel, phlebotomists, and other healthcare personnel who perform blood collections. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science and phlebotomy students.

LabCE - Routine Venipuncture (Online Phlebotomy / Phlebotomist CE Course)

Authors: Mary Ertl Dettmann, MA, CLS, MT(ASCP); Beth Kratzer, CLS, MT(ASCP) Reviewer: Barbara Cebulski, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM A blood test is only as good as the specimen that is collected. Routine Venipuncture is an excellent course for novice or experienced phlebotomists. Review the important aspects of your blood collection procedures, including the recommended order of draw, proper patient identification, acceptable and unacceptable sites for blood collection, and variables in collection pro...

Migraine Management: Standards of Care & Innovative Therapeutic Strategies

Migraine management is relevant in both ambulatory and institutional practice settings, as the symptoms associated with the pathological process adversely impact patient quality of life. The weighted average of migraine magnitude has been reported as 11.5% and one-year period migraine prevalence has been reported as 11.7%. It has also been noted that while greater than 25% are candidates for preventive pharmacotherapy, a substantial proportion are not treated. As a common neurological patholo...
MCPHS University

ASCP CE / CPE Mobile App Download for Geriatric & Long Term Care Pharmacy

Professional Development for improving the lives of seniors. Find accredited continuing education opportunities designed for pharmacists in geriatrics. Download the FREE mobile app onto your mobile device by visiting the Healthcare’s Continuing Education App Center at

Countering Prescription Drug Abuse

Summary: Prescription drug abuse is a health epidemic in the U.S. Abuse of prescription medications is at an all-time high, and it affects people regardless of socioeconomic status. It is estimated that nearly 6 million Americans misuse or abuse prescription drugs on a regular basis. Abuse of narcotics and sedatives have serious health consequences that can result in death. To curb this epidemic of prescription drug abuse requires an understanding of its causes, as well as identifying the pop...

ALASKAN CRUISE Aboard Royal Caribbean's JEWEL of the SEA. 7 day cruise leaving from Seattle Washington. Cabins available through Royal Caribbean website

NEW DRUG UPDATE ACPE # TBA Objectives: 1. Discuss the clinical indications for the new medications approved by the FDA. 2. Explain the various mechanisms of action for the medications discussed within this program. 3. Recognize the clinically relevant drug interactions for the medications. 4. Identify the most common adverse reactions for the new drug approvals. 5. Explain the approved dosing guidelines and recommended dosage adjustments for the medications revie...
Getaway Seminars Inc.

Atlantis Paradise Island. Topics:

Friday, July 24, 2015 EPILEPSY ACPE# TBA Objectives: 1. Review and differentiate the various types of seizures and describe their presentation. 2. Compare newer versus older anticonvulsants including their efficacy, pharmacology, and pharmacokinetic characteristics. 3. Discuss the safety and tolerability of seizure management and understand how to select an appropriate therapeutic regimen in their management. 4. Discuss the special considerations that must be addressed ...
Getaway Seminars Inc.

Third Party Networks: Examine Industry Trends on Limited Provider Networks

Summary The marketplace economics driving reimbursement for compounds are almost identical to the ones that impacted traditional prescription drugs 15 years ago – ever decreasing payment for ingredients, the beginning identification of preferred suppliers over others, the denial of coverage for entire classes of medicines, and the formation of exclusive and limited provider networks. Even government programs like Medicaid and Medicare are under pressure to reduce drug spending by changing t...
International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists (IACP)

Introduction to Adult Echocardiography

Introduction to Adult Echocardiography Course is a live, five-day hands-on course designed to provide a strong foundation to perform and/or interpret adult cardiac ultrasound examinations. The Intro to Echo program is taught by leading echocardiography experts, and includes lectures, interactive case studies using an audio response system (ARS), and extensive hands-on scanning, featuring a 3:1 ratio using live models for a realistic training experience. This hands-on cardiac ultrasound trainin...
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.

Making Sense of Susceptibility: Breakpoints and Cumulative Antibiogram Reports

Description Effective reporting of antimicrobial susceptibility test results is critical to guiding antimicrobial therapy. In addition to susceptibility reports on individual patients’ isolates, the cumulative antibiogram report can aid in therapy choices when individual patient reports are unavailable, and can be useful when developing empiric therapy recommendations. CLSI recently revised some “breakpoints,” or criteria for interpreting susceptibility results, which can impact patient...

Hospital Pharmacy Journal

Hospital Pharmacy is the most widely read, peer-reviewed journal among health-system formulary decision makers. The Formulary Drug Reviews column is based on well-documented monographs on drugs that are new or are in late phase-3 trials. ProCE now offers CE credit at no charge to readers of Formulary Drug Reviews. Pharmacists who read the monthly articles can now complete the post-tests and evaluations directly from the website. Upon passing the post-test, statements of pharmacy CE credit ...

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