bioMérieux Bloodstream Infection Educational Seminar: Albany

Time is of the essence! Rapid, actionable diagnostic results are vital in the treatment of a patient. Join bioMérieux, Inc. to learn about the critical role the laboratory plays in this process and gain valuable insights from our featured speakers who will share their experiences working against the clock to make informed treatment decisions. Our thought-leaders will also discuss the factors which can have a significant impact on your Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs.

Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education® (P.A.C.E.®) credits will be offered. bioMérieux, Inc. is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.

Schedule of Events

4:00 - 4:30 pm Registration and networking reception
4:30 - 8:00 pm Featured presentations including dinner

Speakers & Topics

Wm. Michael (Mike) Dunne, Jr., Ph.D
Professor of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO;
Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC;
Currently resides in Whispering Pines, NC

Moderator; The History of Blood Cultures 
An informative session on the history of blood cultures covering past and present practices, technology and contributors.

Dennis Ernst, MT (ASCP), NCPT (NCCT)
Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc. in Corydon, IN

Antimicrobial Stewardship: Why and How to Reduce Blood Culture Contamination
Mr. Ernst will discuss the error-prone pre-analytic phase of blood culture collection, as well as the cost of false positive blood cultures to the facility and the patient and its impact on antibiotic stewardship. A detailed strategy to reduce contamination rates to one percent or less will be articulated, which includes error points, effective tracking by department and individuals, rewarding incremental progress, and initial specimen diversion.

Kim Wait, MT (ASCP)
Manager of Laboratory Optimization at bioMérieux, Inc., in Durham, NC

Improving Your Blood Culture Workflow - The Impact on Antimicrobial Stewardship: Faster Time to Result
The laboratory is constantly challenged to do more with less. Lean principles are essential to maximizing efficiencies, streamlining processes, leveraging best practices, and achieving measurable results in your facility. Mrs. Wait will review these principles and discuss how to optimize your current ID/AST workflow to decrease time to result, reduce waste, and improve quality throughout your laboratory.

Christopher M. Bland, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS
Clinical Associate Professor of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at University of Georgia College of Pharmacy
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at St. Joseph's/Candler Health System in Savannah, GA

The Convergence of Microbiology and Pharmacy to Enhance Antibiotic Stewardship with Bloodstream Infections: The Need for Speed
Dr. Bland will explore the role and impact of the clinical pharmacist in a hospital antibiotic stewardship program and how the clinical pharmacist utilizes different diagnostic tools to determine the appropriate escalation or de-escalation of antibiotics.


Wm. Michael (Mike) Dunne, Jr., Ph.D. was a senior research fellow for bioMérieux, Inc. in Durham, North Carolina. Prior to joining bioMérieux, he was Medical Director of the Diagnostic Microbiology Laboratory at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Professor of Pathology and Immunology, Molecular Microbiology, Pediatrics, and Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis from 2000-2011 and remains on the faculty there. During that time, he established an internationally-recognized training program in medical and public health microbiology, which is still active under the direction of Carey-Ann Burnham. He has previously served as Medical Director of Microbiology Laboratories at Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, Michigan), Texas Children's Hospital (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas) and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he had received his PhD in 1982). Dr. Dunne is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Society, and the Canadian College of Microbiology. He served as a senior editor of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology for ten years and remains on the editorial board. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina. 

Dennis J. Ernst MT (ASCP), NCPT (NCCT) is the Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, Inc. in Corydon, Indiana. Besides being a highly recruited international lecturer, he has authored of over 50 articles on phlebotomy, two textbooks and three desk references. He chairs the CLSI working groups that write the standards for specimen collection, and edits Phlebotomy Today, a newsletter exclusively on phlebotomy read monthly by over 14,000 healthcare professionals worldwide.  Author of Applied Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy for Nurses and Nursing Personnel, and Blood Specimen Collection FAQs, editor of Phlebotomy Today, and author of dozens of phlebotomy articles for healthcare and consumer magazines. He is regularly recruited by the CDC to participate on Evidence Review Panels that develop Best Practices for the industry, including preventing blood culture contamination, and serves as an expert witness in phlebotomy-related litigation.

Kim Wait, MT (ASCP) is the manager of the Laboratory Optimization consultant team at bioMérieux. Kim received her training at West Virginia University where she completed her B.S. degree in Medical Technology and MT (ASCP) certification. Before joining bioMérieux in 2012, she was the Assistant Administrative Director of the Clinical Microbiology/Immunology & Molecular Pathology Laboratories at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, North Carolina retiring after 30 years of service. Since beginning her consultant career at bioMérieux, Kim has participated in over 90 projects in 84 different Microbiology Laboratories in 32 states and 2 foreign countries.

Christopher M. Bland, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy, Southeast Georgia campus in Savannah, Georgia. He received his PharmD degree from the University of South Carolina in May 2000 and has been board certified in pharmacotherapy since 2003. Dr. Bland's primary practice is in infectious diseases and internal medicine at St. Joseph's / Candler Health System in Savannah. Dr. Bland has published in various journals, including Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Pharmacotherapy, and Clinical Infectious Diseases, and is a Fellow of both ACCP and IDSA. Dr. Bland is co-founder of the Southeastern Research Group Endeavor (SERGE-45) - a practice-based research network primarily in the Southeast with over 40 institutions and 50 pharmacists.

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