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Date: 22nd November, 2012
Location: Teleconference, USA
Clinical - Training
Join us for this three part series on tuberculosis testing. Quality laboratory testing is essential in order to reach the goal of TB elimination in the US. Improvements in laboratory testing must be maintained and translated into expedited and improved treatment and control. It is imperative that the laboratory community provides healthcare providers and TB controllers with accurate smear, culture, drug susceptibility and molecular results within acceptable turn-around times.
Objectives: At the conclusion of this program, the participants will be able to:
Describe common issues associated with sputum collection and handling and how to prevent or correct those issues.
Explain the basic steps for preparing, staining, and reading AFB smears.
List tips and tricks to read AFB smears accurately.
Describe mycobacteriology culture and identification methods.
Faculty: Kenneth C. Jost, Jr Tuberculosis Applications Scientist, Texas Dept. of State Health Services, Laboratory Services Section; William Slanta, RM(NRCM), SM(NRCM) Assistant Bureau Chief, Bureau of Arizona State Laboratory Services