Preliminary Identification of the Primary Select Agents of Bioterrorism (by LabCE)

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

(based on 291 customer ratings)

Author: Judi Bennett, MT, BSM
Reviewer: Laura Stowers, MBA, MT(ASCP)

Course provided by LabCE.

This course provides an overview of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN), including the role and purpose of the front-line clinical laboratories. The course also discusses the indigenous areas where select bioterrorism agents are naturally occuring and can be isolated outside of a public emergency event, the clinical specimens where organisms that are used as bioterrorism agents may be encountered, procedures for the presumptive identification of the primary agents of bioterroism, and the associated safety implications.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 578-074-16, approved through 8/31/2018
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Microbiology/Mycology/Parasitology): 1.5 hour(s)
Course number 20-576304, approved through 9/1/2018

Objectives

  • Define the purpose of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN).
  • Explain the role of a sentinel laboratory within the LRN and location of the appropriate laboratory protocols.
  • Understand why certain agents are more likely to be used in a bioterrorist attack to create a public health emergency.
  • Identify the clinical specimens and indigenous areas where a laboratory may be more likely to encounter an agent of bioterrorism.
  • Recognize the presumptive identification procedures for the primary agents of bioterrorism, including safe handling, prior to referring to a higher level laboratory.

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Course Outline

  • Development and Purpose of the Laboratory Response Network
      • Select Agents of Bioterrorism
      • Development of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN)
      • Purpose of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN)
  • Definition and Role of a Sentinel Laboratory
      • Definition of a Sentinel Clinical Laboratory
      • Role of a Sentinel Laboratory
      • Responsibilities of a Sentinel Clinical Laboratory within the Laboratory Response Network (LRN)
      • Role of Reference and National Laboratories Within the Laboratory Response Network (LRN)
  • Sentinel Clinical Laboratory Protocols
      • Protocols
      • Additional Resources
  • Public Health Threats Related to the Agents of Bioterrorism
      • Why Certain Agents are Used as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
      • Categories of Biological Agents
      • Category A Agents
      • Category A Agents: Reasons Why They May be Used to Create Public Health Emergencies
      • Category B Agents
      • Category B Agents: Reasons Why They May be Used to Create Public Health Emergencies:
      • Category C Agents
  • Sentinel Laboratory Safety
      • Sentinel Laboratory Safety Protocols
      • Agent Biosafety Level (BSL) Requirements and Laboratory Exposure Risk
      • Automated Systems and Exposure Risk
  • Likely Clinical Specimens and Gram Stain Morphology of the Primary Agents of Bioterrorism
      • Bacillus anthracis
      • Yersinia pestis
      • Francisella tularensis
      • Brucella species
      • Burkholderia species
  • Culture Characteristics, Colony Morphology, and Hallmark Features of the Primary Agents of Bioterrorism
      • Bacillus anthracis
      • Yersinia pestis
      • Francisella tularensis
      • Brucella species
      • Burkholderia species
  • Other Diagnostic Tests to Aid in the Preliminary Identification of the Primary Agents of Bioterrorism
      • Bacillus anthracis
      • Yersinia pestis
      • Francisella tularensis
      • Brucella species
      • Burkholderia species
  • Commercial Identification Systems and the Agents of Bioterrorism
      • Considerations When Using Automated Identification Systems
      • Commonly Misidentified Agents
  • When Should a Sentinel Laboratory Refer an Isolate to a LRN Reference Laboratory?
      • Bacillus anthrasis
      • Yersinia pestis
      • Francisella tularensis
      • Brucella species
      • Burkholderia species
  • Indigenous Areas and Disease Encountered Outside of a Bioterrorism Event
      • Location Where Organisms Naturally Occur, Disease Produced, and Mode of Transmission
      • Location Where Organisms Naturally Occur, Disease Produced, and Mode of Transmission, continued:
  • Other Biological Agents: Toxins and Viruses
      • Role of a Sentinel Laboratory Regarding Toxins and Viruses
      • Toxins
      • Viruses
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate to advanced
 
Intended audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians, working in the microbiology section of sentinel laboratories. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
 
Author information: Judi Bennett BSM, MT is a Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. During her 25 year career as a medical technologist, she has served as a Senior System Analyst, laboratory manager, Point-of-Care coordinator, microbiology supervisor, and generalist. Judi has been a speaker at various LIS, AMT, and CLMA conferences and has been published in CLMA magazine. 
 
Reviewer information: Laura Stowers MBA, MT(ASCP) received her BS in medical technology from the Medical College of Georgia.  She went on to receive her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.  She began working as a medical technologist as a generalist at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville, GA and is currently the Supervisor of Microbiology at Gwinnett Medical Center.
 
Course description: This course provides an overview of the Laboratory Response Network (LRN), including the role and purpose of the front-line clinical laboratories. The course also discusses the indigenous areas where select bioterrorism agents are naturally occuring and can be isolated outside of a public emergency event, the clinical specimens where organisms that are used as bioterrorism agents may be encountered, procedures for the presumptive identification of the primary agents of bioterroism, and the associated safety implications.

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