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June 21st Join C. diff. Spores and More #CdiffRadio Discuss the Partnership Between Laboratories and Clinical Staff For Accurate C. diff. Infection Diagnosis

 

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C. diff. Spores and More,” Global Broadcasting Network – innovative and educational interactive healthcare talk radio program discusses

This Episode:   The Partnership Between Laboratories and Clinical Staff For the Accurate Diagnosis of a C. difficile Infection.

With Our Guests:  Dr. Steven Cagas, Ph.D.,  Dr. Nathan A. Ledeboer, Ph.D, D(ABMM),
Dr. Whitney R. Buckel, PharmD, BCPS, And  Jeanine Thomas

 

Learn about the importance of laboratory testing in the identification of C. difficile Infections (CDI). We will open with an interview with Jeanine Thomas, President and Founder of the MRSA Survivors Network who is a survivor of both MRSA and C. diff. infections. She will share her healthcare journey including the role that diagnostics played. Our second guest will be Nathan A. Ledeboer, PhD, D(ABMM), Medical Director of Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics for Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories and Froedtert Health. He will give an overview and comparisons between various testing technologies available to clinical laboratories today. Our third guest will be Whitney R. Buckel, PharmD, BCPS who is the Infectious Diseases and Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacist at Intermountain Medical Center. Whitney will share with us some important details of how nurses and doctors can support the lab by taking into account the full clinical picture before sending specimens to the lab. Our last guest, Dr. Steven Cagas, will give us a brief overview of Roche Diagnostics as well as their new cobas® Cdiff Test.

 

MORE ABOUT OUR GUESTS:

Jeanine Thomas – President/ Founder of MRSA Survivors Network, National Spokesperson for MRSA, MRSA Expert and Consultant     Ms. Thomas founded MRSA Survivors Network in early 2003 due to having been critically ill with a MRSA infection, sepsis and C. difficile. Her organization was the first in the U.S. to raise the alarm about the MRSA epidemic, healthcare-acquired infections (HAI’s) and antibiotic resistance (AMR) to state and federal health officials in the U.S.   Ms. Thomas has been designated a “Patient Safety Champion” with the World Health Organizations’ World Alliance for Patient Safety (2008 – present), past member of the Joint Commission’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (2008-2010), FDA- appointed consultant on the FDA Anti-Infective Drug Advisory Committee (2008 –present) and a member of Brookings Institution’s Antibiotic Drug Development and Antimicrobial Stewardship Council (2012 –present). WHO- appointed patient representative on developing their Hand Hygiene and Antimicrobial-resistance programs for patients (2009-2012). She is a member of the Patient, Consumer and Public Health Coalition, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Nathan A. Ledeboer, PhD, D(ABMM) 

Nathan A Ledeboer is an Associate Professor of Pathology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Medical Director of Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics for Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories and Froedtert Health.  His research endeavors, particularly in the area developing diagnostic tools for infectious diseases, have led to more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals and more than 100 funded research projects.
Dr. Ledeboer is also a senior editor for the Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

 

Dr. Whitney R. Buckel, PharmD, BCPS
Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacist Intermountain Medical Center    Dr. Whitney Buckel is the Infectious Diseases/Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Pharmacist for Intermountain Medical Center, in Murray, Utah. She also serves as the co-chair of the Intermountain System-wide Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, overseeing stewardship efforts across 22 hospitals. Whitney graduated from Purdue University College of Pharmacy in 2010, and completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice and PGY-2 Infectious Diseases residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Her research interest is in the design, implementation and outcomes of antimicrobial stewardship initiatives.

 

Dr. Steven Cagas, Ph.D.

Dr. Steven Cagas is a Scientific Affairs Manager within Medical and Scientific Affairs within the Molecular Diagnostics Division of Roche Diagnostics Corporation.  He has 5 years of industry experience at Roche.  He directly interfaces with clinicians and key opinion leaders to assist in the commercialization of products within the Roche Molecular Diagnostics portfolio.  He has spoken at several internal and external conferences as an invited speaker on various topics related to his areas of expertise.  Dr. Cagas received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (currently Rutgers University).  His Ph.D. work focused on the study of the proteins expressed in the pathogenic fungus Aspergillus fumigatus.  He used a novel approach to identify the proteins expressed at various stages of development as well as in response to an antifungal agent with both studies leading to high impact publications.

 

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ROCHE cobas® C. diff. Test approved by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

laboratorystillUS Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has provided 510(k) clearance for the cobas® Cdiff Test to detect Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) in stool specimens.

The cobas® Cdiff Test targets the toxin B gene found in toxigenic C. difficile strains directly in specimens from symptomatic patients. The test provides accurate information which assists clinicians in making timely treatment decisions and aids in the prevention of further infection in healthcare settings.

“Having the ability to provide a result quickly is important when supporting infection control for Clostridium difficile,” said Dr. Steve Young, Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology UNMHSC and Tricore Reference Lab. “The cobas® 4800 System has the capability to allow for mixed batch testing of the cobas® Cdiff Test alongside testing for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus aureus, and herpes simplex virus 1 and 2*, all on one platform. We can run these assays together at least once in each shift rather than once a day, which can greatly improve laboratory efficiency, ultimately leading to better infection control and patient care.”

In a clinical trial program conducted at sites throughout the United States, the cobas® Cdiff Test demonstrated excellent performance compared to direct and enrichment toxigenic culture. The test combines high assay sensitivity with rapid turnaround time and a minimum number of pre-analytic steps, to facilitate earlier intervention of patients suffering from

C. difficile-associated disease. Earlier intervention can also lead to more effective implementation of infection control measures, which can prevent further transmission to additional patients.

About the cobas® 4800 System
The cobas® 4800 System offers true walk-away automation of nucleic acid purification, PCR set-up and real-time PCR amplification and detection to help laboratories achieve maximum efficiency. The expanding system menu in the U.S. currently includes the cobas® MRSA/SA Test, cobas® CT/NG Test (Chlamydia trachomatis/Neisseria gonorrhoeae), cobas® HPV Test, cobas® BRAF V600 Mutation Test, cobas® EGFR Mutation Test and cobas® KRAS Mutation Test.

“With the addition of the cobas® Cdiff Test to the cobas® 4800 System menu, Roche is able to expand the tools available to assist clinicians in the management of healthcare associated infections,” said Paul Brown, head of Roche Molecular Diagnostics. “The cobas® Cdiff Test requires less sample handling and provides laboratories with a simplified workflow, when compared to other molecular methods. It also delivers a lower inhibition rate, which means fewer repeat samples and chances for error, enabling better patient care.”

 

To access the news article:

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/roche-receives-fda-clearance-cobas-050000123.html