Respiratory Case Study: Possible Pertussis Infection (Online CE Course)

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Author: Leah Ames, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Reviewer: Adelisa Franchitti, MS, MLS, Laurie Bjerklie, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM

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This course describes the clinical symptoms of Bordetella pertussis infection. Proper specimen collection and transport for diagnosis of B. pertussis along with laboratory testing procedures that aid in its diagnosis are presented. Advantages and disadvantages for each testing procedure including culture, nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT), direct fluorescent antibody staining, and serology are discussed. Treatment options for pertussis infection including available vaccines are presented in this course.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Approved through 9/30/2024
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - General (Molecular Pathology): 1 hour(s)
Approved through 9/30/2024

Objectives

  • Identify the clinical symptoms of Bordetella pertussis infection.
  • Describe proper specimen collection and transport for diagnosis of B. pertussis.
  • Identify laboratory testing procedures that aid in the diagnosis of B. pertussis.
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantages for each testing procedure including culture, nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT), direct fluorescent antibody staining, and serology.
  • Explain the principles of NAAT testing for B. pertussis.
  • Discuss treatment options for pertussis infection.
  • Identify available vaccines that can help to prevent infection with B. pertussis.

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Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate
Intended Audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians, pathology residents, MLS students, and other health care personnel who have an interest in this subject matter.
Author information: Leah Ames, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM is a medical technologist in the Molecular Diagnostics department at Alverno Clinical Laboratories. She also serves as adjunct faculty for molecular diagnostics in the CLS program at Northern Illinois University and is an instructor of molecular diagnostics for Franciscan St. Margaret Health School of Medical Technology. Leah holds an M.S. degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Michigan State University and a B.S. in Molecular and Integrative Physiology from the University of Illinois.
Reviewer information:
Adelisa Franchitti, MS, MLS, is currently employed by General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital Laboratory. Previous to this employment, she was an Instructor in the Department of Biochemistry, Kansas State University. Ms. Franchitti holds a Masters in Microbiology and a Masters in Molecular Biology.
Laurie Bjerklie, M.A., MLS(ASCP)CM, is currently a Content Developer for MediaLab and LabCE. She has been in higher education for over 14 years, has been a professor in both MLT and MLS programs, and served as a Program Director.

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B.pertusis gram stain.
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Pertussis cases 1940 to 2012


Pertussis Disease Progression.
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