Bacterial Biofilms: What are they and are they important? (by ASCLS)

1.5 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 14 customer ratings)

Rita Heuertz, PhD, MT(ASCP)

Course provided by ASCLS.

The NIH has identified that 80% of chronic infections are associated with biofilms. Bacterial production of biofilm is related to increased antimicrobic resistance and treatment failure. The role of the clinical laboratory in diagnosis of biofilm-associated infection is necessary. This self-study serves as an update on biofilms and their identification.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification) (CACMLE): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 108-232-12, approved through 12/31/2017
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 20-365700, approved through 12/31/2017

Objectives

  • State the definition of biofilm.
  • Describe bacteria that form biofilms.
  • Discuss the association of biofilm with increased resistance to antimicrobic agents.
  • Assess and identify biofilm assays applicable to the clinical laboratory.

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Course Outline

  • PowerPoint Slides
      • Bacterial Biofilms: What are they and are they important?
      • Goals for Course
      • Course Overview
      • Course Author
      • Introduction
      • Learning Objectives
      • Biofilm Definition
      • Definition
      • Description of Bacteria That Form Biofilms
      • Biofilm Growth Characteristics
      • Antimicrobic Resistance in a Biofilm Mass
      • Medical Importance of Biofilms
      • NIH Statistics on Biofilm Infections
      • Biofilm Causes Chronic Infection
      • Biofilm Causes Interventional Device Infections
      • Microbes Commonly Associated with Biofilms on Indwelling Medical Devices
      • Staph Biofilm on a Medical Device
      • Staph Biofilm on a Prosthetic Device
      • Biofilm in Living Tissue
      • Biofilm Definition Revisited
      • Diagram of a Medical Biofilm
      • Immune Response to Biofilm
      • Chronic Pressure Ulcer Infection: Dense PMN Infiltration
      • Immune Response to Biofilm
      • Medical Importance of Biofilms
      • Diagnostic Problems
      • Diagnostic Problems for Physicians
      • Diagnostic Problems for the Lab
      • Methods for Biofilm Identification
      • Laboratory Tests for Biofilm
      • Qualitative Stain-Based Assay
      • Quantitative Stain-Based Assay
      • Qualitative & Quantitative Stain-Based Biofilm Assays
      • Clinical Isolates of MRSA with High Levels of Biofilm Production and Antimicrobic Resistance
      • Clinical Isolates of Ps. aeruginosa with High Levels of Biofilm Production and Antimicrobic Resistance
      • Assessment of Tube-Based Assays
      • Microplate Quantitative Stain-Based Assay
      • Microplate Quantitative Stain-Based Assay, cont.
      • Microplate Peg-Lid Quantitative Stain-Based Biofilm Assay
      • Microplate Peg-Lid Quantitative Stain-Based Biofilm Assay, cont.
      • Solubilization of Stain in Stain-Based Biofilm Assays
      • Treatment Strategies
      • Wound Care Strategies
      • Current Treatment Strategies
      • Hope for the Future
      • Research: Hope for the Future
      • Lab: Hope for the Future
      • Physician: Hope for the Future
      • Physician: Hope for the Future, cont.
      • Patient: Hope for the Future
      • Conclusion

Additional Information

The NIH has identified that 80% of chronic infections are associated with biofilms. Bacterial production of biofilm is related to increased antimicrobic resistance and treatment failure. The role of the clinical laboratory in diagnosis of biofilm-associated infection is necessary. This self-study serves as an update on biofilms and their identification.

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