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.