Anaerobes - It doesn't have to be Rocket Science! (by ASCLS)

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Robert C. Fader, PhD, D(ABMM)

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This self-study examines the pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic stages as they relate to:
•The tools to rapidly identify anaerobic organisms.
•Providing clinicians with actionable information concerning the presence of an anaerobe in a specimen which will improve patient care.
•Susceptibility testing rapid methods for anaerobe identification outlined in the CLSI M35-A2

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  • Define the significance of anaerobic infections
  • Describe proper methods of specimen collection, transport and processing
  • List the rapid identification methods for commonly encountered anaerobes
  • Describe when to perform susceptibility testing of anaerobes
  • Identify the correct organism given the Gram stain, colony morphology, media growth, and rapid test results.

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Course Outline

  • PowerPoint Slides
      • Anaerobes: It doesn't have to be Rocket Science!
      • Course Overview
      • Goal for Course
      • Author
      • Table of Contents
      • Learning Objectives
      • Section I: What is an anaerobe? (Pre-Analytic Process)
      • Definition of an anaerobe
      • What makes an organism an anaerobe?
      • Infections of endogenous origin
      • Infections of exogenous origin
      • Specimen collection and transport
      • Transport tubes
      • Unacceptable specimens
      • Anaerobic Media
      • Selective Anaerobic Media
      • Selective Anaerobic Media, cont.
      • Anaerobic Broth Media
      • Anaerobic Culture Methods
      • Section II: Anaerobic Identification (Analytic Process)
      • When to examine plates
      • Identification Using Rapid Methods
      • Anaerobic Culture
      • Antibiotic Disks for Presumptive ID
      • Special Potency Antibiotic Disks
      • Rapid Tests
      • CLSI M35-A2
      • Section III: Gram Negative Anaerobes
      • Bacteroides fragilis group
      • Bacteroides fragilis group - Presumptive ID
      • Prevotella/Porphyromonas
      • Prevotella - Presumptive ID
      • Porphyromonas sp.- Presumptive ID
      • Bilophila wadsworthia
      • Bilophila wadsworthia - Presumptive ID
      • Fusobacterium nucleatum
      • Fusobacterium nucleatum - Presumptive ID
      • Campylobacter (Bacteroides) ureolyticus
      • Campylobacter (Bacteroides) ureolyticus - Presumptive ID
      • Veillonella
      • Veillonella - Presumptive ID
      • Gram Stain of Veillonella
      • Section IV: Gram Positive Anaerobes
      • Clostridium perfringens
      • C. perfringens - Presumptive ID
      • C. perfringens Gram Stain
      • Clostridium difficile
      • C. difficile - Presumptive ID
      • C. difficile Gram Stain
      • Clostridium septicum
      • C. septicum - Presumptive ID
      • C. septicum Gram Stain
      • Clostridium sordellii
      • C. sordellii - Presumptive ID
      • C. sordellii Gram Stain
      • Clostridium tetani - Tetanus
      • C. tetani - Presumptive ID
      • The "Peptostreptococci"
      • Peptostreptococcus - Presumptive ID
      • "Peptostreptococcus"Gram Stain
      • Propionibacterium acnes
      • P. acnes - Presumptive ID
      • Propionibacterium Gram Stain
      • Section V: Susceptibility Testing (Post-Analytic Comments)
      • Susceptibility Testing
      • Susceptibility Comments
      • Susceptibility Comments, cont.
      • Conclusion / Questions

Additional Information

A great deal of time and expense can be wasted on over-working anaerobe cultures. Providing clinicians with actionable information concerning the presence of anaerobes in a specimen can and will improve patient care. This self-study will focus on rapid methods for anaerobe identification outlined in the CLSI M35-A2 - Abbreviated Identification of Bacteria and Yeast.

Intermediate level of difficulty

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