Laboratory testing for C. diff: Why isn’t this more straightforward?
This course is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other allied health professionals.
Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Describe currently available laboratory tests for C. difficile.
- List the advantages and disadvantages of each of these tests.
- Explain the circumstances under which C. difficile testing is or is not recommended
- Stephanie Faidley, MHA, BSN, COHN-S, CIC – Senior Infection Preventionist, Central Surveillance, Wolff Center at UPMC
- Ashley Chung, MPH – Improvement Specialist, Operational Excellence, Wolff Center at UPMC
- Tina Khadem, PharmD, BCPS - Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Pittsburgh; Pharmacy Director, UPMC Health System Antimicrobial Stewardship; Pharmacy Director, Infectious Disease Connect Inc. Virtual Antimicrobial Stewardship
- Ben Reynolds, MSPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA - Chief Advanced Practice Officer Director, UPMC Office of Advanced Practice Providers; Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical School Co-Director, Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education University of Pittsburgh; Health Policy Institute Physician Assistant- Division of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, UPMC Presbyterian
Graham Snyder, MD, MS – Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Hospital Epidemiology, UPMC; Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dr. Snyder is a consultant for Infectious Diseases Connect.
Hannah Creager, PhD, D(ABMM) - Medical Director, Microbiology, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; Medical Director, Bacteriology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Clinical Lab Building; Assistant Professor of Pathology, University of Pittsburgh
No other members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.
Accreditation and credit designation
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh School designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.0 contact hours.
Physician Assistant (AAPA)
The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 1.00 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
Other Healthcare Professionals
Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
- 1.00 AAPA Category I CME
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.00 ANCCUPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
- 1.00 Attendance