Level of Instruction: Beginner
Intended Audience: Couriers, laboratory assistants, specimen processors, and medical laboratory personnel.
Course Description: This course covers medical courier safety, including some basic laboratory safety information.
Author information: Daniel J. Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ), has over 25 years of experience as a certified Medical Technologist. He has a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in Amherst and Buffalo, New York. Dan worked as a laboratory generalist in hospitals ranging in size from 75 to 800 beds before becoming a laboratory manager. After 10 years of lab management, he became the Laboratory Safety Officer for a system of more than 10 hospitals and over 20 laboratories and draw sites in the Tidewater area of Virginia.
Rob Nickla, BS, M(ASCP), began his public health career in 2004 at the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory (ASPHL), working in Mycobacteriology, Bacteriology, and Virology. While there, he became the State Training Coordinator and Bioterrorism Training Coordinator in the Bioemergency Response Section and actively participated in several APHL Special Interest Groups for Basic Microbiology, Biosafety & Biosecurity, and Select Agent Training. He served on the ASPHL Safety Committee for several years and helped develop and conduct many in-house safety-related trainings. Currently, Rob is the BT (biological threat) and CT (chemical threat) LRN (Laboratory Response Network) Coordinator and State Training Coordinator with the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory (OSPHL).
Stephanie S. Mihane, BS, MLS(ASCP), graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Medical Technology. She has over 40 years of experience as a medical laboratory scientist. She has 5 years of experience as a Laboratory Manager for Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers in Colorado and 15 years as a Point of Care Coordinator with a certification in Point of Care by AACC. She has provided both laboratory orientation training and competency training for providers and nursing staff of Kaiser Permanente. Stephanie has acted as a UFCW Local 7 Healthcare Union Steward for 10 years, a CAP inspector, and a former ASCLS Board of Directors member. She remains active in ASCLS.