Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and Clinical Laboratory Safety in the United States (Online CE Course)

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Judi Bennett, MT, BSM
Reviewer: Julie Ann West, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CM, SM(ASCP)CM

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Specimens from patients suspected of having Ebola virus disease (EVD) can enter the laboratory at any time, without any advance notice or knowledge. The best defense is the consistent use of safe laboratory practices. This course provides a general understanding of the classification and characteristics of viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) and provides an overview of Ebola virus disease (EVD). Emphasis is placed on the laboratory guidelines, procedures, and protocols necessary to maintain a safe working environment, including recommendations and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for working with patients and patient specimens that may be infected with EVD.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1.5 hour(s)
Approved through 2/28/2025
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 1.5 hour(s)
Approved through 2/28/2025

Objectives

  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the classification and characteristics of viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs).
  • Outline the epidemiology, transmission, and symptoms of Ebola virus disease (EVD).
  • Identify the laboratory guidelines, procedures, and protocols necessary to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Recognize the recommended laboratory protocols for safe handling of EVD specimens.

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Course Outline

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  • Introduction
  • Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers (VHFs)
  • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • The History of EVD
      • Exposure and Transmission of EVD
      • Signs and Symptoms of EVD
      • EVD Patient Management, Recovery, and Immune Response
      • In a patient infected with Ebola virus disease (EVD), how do the signs and symptoms usually present?
      • Ebola virus disease (EVD) can be transmitted from one human to another through:
  • The Foundation for Safe Laboratory Work Practices
      • Laboratory Infection Control Considerations: Reinforcing the Basics
      • Standard Precautions
      • Additional Precautions as Necessary
      • OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) Standard
      • OSHA BBP Standard: Work Practice Controls
      • OSHA BBP Standard: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      • OSHA BBP Standard: Engineering Controls
      • OSHA BBP Standard: Sharps Precautions
      • OSHA BBP Standard: Proper Hand Hygiene Procedures
      • General Laboratory Cleaning
      • In the United States (US), clinical laboratories do not have access to the necessary precautions used to safely handle suspect Ebola virus disease (EV...
      • OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) Standard includes all of the following, except:
  • Specimen Collection From Patients with Suspect or Diagnosed Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Recommendations from the CDC Regarding Routine Screening for EVD
      • Collecting Specimens from Hospitalized Patients With EVD: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      • Key Principles of the Enhanced CDC's Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidelines
      • Which combination of personal protective equipment (PPE) is part of the recommended PPE worn when entering the room of a hospitalized patient with Ebo...
      • The process of doffing is:
  • Laboratory Guidance When Working with Patients with Suspected Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Developing a Laboratory Plan for Patients Suspected of Having EVD
      • Processing and Testing Laboratory Specimens Suspected of EVD
      • Clinical laboratory personnel who perform processing and testing of suspect EVD specimens should work in a certified class II biosafety cabinet (BSC),...
      • As part of the Laboratory Plan for patients suspected of having EVD, a risk assessment should include a determination of all of the following, except:
  • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Specimen Testing
  • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Specimen Shipping and Transport
      • Packaging and Shipping Specimens for EVD Testing to the CDC
      • Internal Transport of EVD Specimens Within a Healthcare Facility
      • Which of the following is incorrect when packaging and shipping specimens to the CDC for Ebola virus disease (EVD) testing?
      • Complete this sentence: While transporting EVD specimens within a healthcare facility,
  • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Laboratory Waste and Spill Management
      • Spill Clean-Up Involving EVD
      • Waste Handling: Disposal, Handling, and Transport
      • In the event of a laboratory spill involving a suspect EVD specimen, disinfectants that work against non-enveloped viruses should be used in the clean...
      • The Department of Transportation (DOT) classifies EVD as a:
  • Conclusion
      • Key Strategies for Laboratory Professionals Working with Suspect EVD Specimens
  • Additional Resources
      • Additional Resources
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Basic
Intended audience: This course is intended for all laboratory personnel. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
Author information: Judi Bennett BSM, MT is a Program Director for MediaLab, Inc. During her 30-year career as a medical technologist, she has served as a Senior System Analyst, laboratory manager, Point-of-Care coordinator, microbiology supervisor, and generalist. Judi has been a speaker at various conferences and has been published in CLMA magazine.
Reviewer 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 Ph.D. 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.
Course description: Specimens from patients suspected of having Ebola virus disease (EVD) can enter the laboratory at any time, without any advance notice or knowledge. The best defense is the consistent use of safe laboratory practices. This course provides a general understanding of the classification and characteristics of viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) and provides an overview of Ebola virus disease (EVD). Emphasis is placed on the laboratory guidelines, procedures, and protocols necessary to maintain a safe working environment, including recommendations and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for working with patients and patient specimens that may be infected with EVD.

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MLS & MLT Comprehensive CE Package
Includes 180 CE courses, most popular
$109Add to cart
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$55Add to cart
Individual course$25Add to cart
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Colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of EBOV. Image courtesy of the CDC.


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