In-Service Lectures

NICL Laboratories provide scheduled lectures and question-and-answer sessions on the following topics:

Interpretation of Laboratory Profiles

  • Discussion of Chemistry Profiles to evaluate organ functions
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  • Reporting of Laboratory Values

Abnormal Laboratory Values

  • Review of Chemistry Profiles
  • Primary and secondary testing
  • Discussion on handling abnormal laboratory results

Prothrombin Time and the International Normalized Ratio (INR)

  • Factors influencing coagulation assays
  • Discussion on laboratory procedures
  • Standardization of result reporting (INR)

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

  • Overview of therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Optimum sample times
  • Relationship between dose, serum concentration, and response

Review of the Advanced Standing Order System

  • Laboratory forms and computer printouts
  • Maintenance of the ASOS system/ordering laboratory test(s)
  • Chart Audit and review procedure

Specimen Collection / Infection Control

  • Procedures for collection of specimens for microbiology
  • Optimum times for routine specimen collection
  • Transcaddy specimen collection systems

Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Discussion on OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
  • Exposure Control Plan
  • Identification of potentially infectious items and materials
  • Methods for preventing transmission of disease
  • Universal Precautions

Mycobacterium Tuberculosis

  • Recommendation for control of disease – CDC Guidelines
  • Infection vs. active disease
  • Engineering controls and Respiratory protection

Dermatological Lice Infestation

  • Discussion on Pediculosis and Sarcoptes Scabiei
  • Skin Assessment/ specimen collection
  • Control of Organisms

Isolation Precautions and Handwashing Techniques

  • Discussion on infectious disease categories and modes of transmission
  • Traditional Systems of Isolation – CDC Guidelines
  • Handwashing for prevention of nosocomial disease transmission

Handwashing for Infection Control

  • Discussion of epidemic transmission of microbes
  • Handwashing indications – CDC Guidelines
  • Handwashing techniques – CDC Guidelines

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

  • Discussion on a special strain of a common bacterium
  • Infection vs. colonization
  • Factors influencing treatment and control of microbes

AIDS and Viral Hepatitis

  • Body systems involved in the disease process
  • Factors influencing transmission of disease
  • Prevailing considerations for control of microbes

Nosocomial Pneumonia

  • Clinical Symptoms
  • Identification of causative microbes
  • Measures required to control transmission

Hazard Communication

  • Discussion on OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard
  • Guidelines to avoid/prevent occupational exposure to hazardous chemicals
  • Employee training requirements