Level of instruction: Intermediate
Intended Audience: Clinical laboratory professionals including medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science and MLT students, pathologists, and clinicians.
Author information: David J. Moffa, PhD, BCLD, has over 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry as an executive manager, clinical laboratory director, and medical laboratory scientist. He is currently a technical consultant for Kentmere Healthcare, Wilmington, DE, and until his retirement, was the Regional Director for LabCorp, Inc. He holds a PhD in medical biochemistry from the School of Medicine, West Virginia University.
Reviewer information: Lorna Ruskin, EdD, MT(ASCP) is an Assistant Professor for the Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of Minnesota. Lorna has approximately 20 years of teaching experience in Medical Laboratory Science programs and has served as both the Program Director and Clinical Coordinator. She has done extensive research on laboratory simulation and has presented at national conferences regarding that topic.
Course Description: This course is intended to provide a detailed description of the pathogenesis of the C. Diff infections, including details of the bacterium, healthcare statistics, symptoms, severity, risk factors and complications. The course also discusses the various types of C. Diff infections and how the treatment and prevention strategies may vary based on the type of infection. Finally, the available laboratory tests used for identification are detailed.