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- Medically Important Arthropods: Terminology and Significance
- Introduction to Medically Important Arthropods
- Important Terminology
- The medically important arthropods may transmit disease to humans via which two vector routes?
- True or False: Lyme Disease is the most commonly acquired arboviral disease in the United States (US).
- Preanalytical Phase: Collection and Transport of Specimens
- Analytical Phase: How to Identify Medically Important Arthropods (Ectoparasites)
- Most Common Medically Important Ectoparasites in the US
- Postanalytical Phase: How to Report
- Postanalytical: How to Report Findings
- True or False: Arthropods that are not of medical importance should not be identified and reported to the genus or species level, as the reporting mig...
- When reporting the presence of scabies on a slide preparation submitted to the laboratory for identification, include:
- Other Scenarios: Myiasis, Illusory Parasitosis, and Artifacts
- Other Scenarios...
- Myiasis: What is it?
- Myiasis: Fly Larvae Identification
- Illusory Parasitosis
- What non-arthropod scenario might be a cause of itch and rash in a patient?
- Three types of myiasis include:
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance of Arthropod Identification in the CLIA-certified Laboratory
- Aspects of Safety and Quality Control
- Aspects of Quality Assurance
- The Future of Arthropod Identification
- What safety concern is present when performing arthropod identification?
- Quality assurance may include:
Level of Instruction: Basic to Intermediate
Intended Audience: Medical laboratory supervisors, scientists, and technicians working in the microbiology/parasitology laboratory.
Author Information: Dr. Julie Ann West is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) and as a Specialist in Microbiology (SM). In addition, Dr. West has earned a PhD in Public Health - Infectious Disease Epidemiology - and is Certified in Public Health (CPH) by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Dr. West is experienced as a Technical Specialist, Safety Officer, Educator, and Lead in the Veterans Administration Healthcare System, and has prior experience as an Administrative Laboratory Director.
Reviewer Information: Christie Grueser received her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and her Masters in Communication from the University of Denver. For 14 years, she served as the Assistant Program Director and Microbiology Instructor for the Medical Technology Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Together with Dr. Elmer Koneman she has authored several educational software programs in clinical microbiology including: GermWare Mycology, GermWare Bacteriology and GermWare Parasitology, didactic and laboratory courses in Clinical Parasitology and Mycology, and most recently Image Atlases and Identification Guides for Clinical Bacteriology, Mycology and Parasitology as well as the Clinical Microbiology Question Bank. She currently provides workshops and webinars for the Denver Health Prevention and Training Center, funded by a grant from the CDC.
Course Description: This course addresses the significance of medically important arthropods and includes preanalytical, analytical, and postanalytical phases of handling ectoparasites in the clinical laboratory. Other topics, such as myiasis, illusory parasitosis, and handling of artifacts are discussed. Quality control and quality assurance as they pertain to arthropod identification are also addressed.