The presentation will cover changes in the epidemiology of Clostridium difficile, approaches to control and treatment, and upcoming vaccination trials.


  • Understand the preanalytical root cause of many specimen quality issues, which may lead to inaccurate test results 
  • Understand the impact of specimen collection & handling inside and outside of the lab 
  • Provide insight into the need for gaining organizational support for preanalytical improvement initiatives – gaining agreement for cross-functional collaboration 
  • Outline steps to quantify and benchmark the impact of poor specimen quality in your organization 
  • Discuss proven examples 

April 2013

The lecture will start with a review of the Physiology of Acid Base Balance and Respiration.

Then many of the common pathologies responsible for disturbances in acid-base and respiratory homeostasis will be described, including their mechanisms. The use of blood gas analysis for the diagnosis and monitoring of some of these pathologies and their compensation mechanisms will be discussed. This will be illustrated with several case studies.

Sept 2011

Point-of-care (POC) glucose testing in the hospital is a valuable tool for the management of dysglycemia.The FDA now requires new glucose meters to be tested on critically ill patients in order to be cleared for use in this patient population. The presentation will discuss the chronology of events that led to the change in regulatory requirements for glucose meter use in the hospital, and how these impact hospital glucose testing. Additionally, clinical cases and studies showing the significance of confounding factors that affect glucose meter performance on on importance of accurate POC glucose results for improved clinical outcomes and patient’s safety will be discussed.