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Ethics and Data Integrity for Non-Technical Staff

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This online course introduces the concepts of ethics and integrity, defines the difference between the two and illustrates how these traits apply to non-technical staff in a public health laboratory. Examples of general workplace ethics are used throughout the course, from arriving on time to using the Internet for non-work activities. the term, "data integrity" is introduced and its relationship to fraud is given, including Information Technology and Public Relations...

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Ethics and Data Integrity for Technical Staff

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This online course discusses ethics and personal integrity and illustrates how these traits apply to technical staff in a public health or other laboratory. Examples of general workplace ethics are provided. Many of the ways that data integrity can be affected by technical staff are explained, from recognizing when sample integrity has been compromised to documenting errors, handling calibration and quality control issues, and changing or correcting results. Examples are given to show how...

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Organizing Your Lab with Lean 6 Sigma Principles

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This online course explains the use of Lean 6S principles in organizing the physical workplace for efficiency. The course shows how to eliminate the four types of waste: mistakes & reworks, excess inventory, unnecessary transporting and unnecessary motion. To accomplish this, the six sequential steps of Lean 6S are explained in detail and illustrated with photographs as well as graphics. Examples of Lean 6S initiatives at the State Hygienic Laboratory in Iowa reinforce the results that...

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Introduction to Analytical Measurement Uncertainty

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This online course introduces the topic of measurement uncertainty and defines the basic terms of measurement. The reason that all measurements contain some level of doubt is explained and illustrated. A distinction is made between random and systematic error and examples are given. The importance of understanding measurement uncertainty in a laboratory setting is stated and examples are provided of situations in which the laboratorian will need this knowledge. The mathematical functions...

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Electronic BT Workshop for Sentinel Labs

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The course consists of a Virtual Bioterrorism Workshop. In this interactive workshop you will determine whether to rule out or refer
several organisms that are considered potential agents of bioterrorism by applying Laboratory Response Network protocols for Level A (sentinel)
laboratories. When a possible agent of bioterrorism cannot be ruled out, you
will view a video describing the clinical presentation and etiology of the
agent.

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The Role of Sentinel Labs in Emergency Response

Course Summary

1. Title: The Role of Sentinel Labs in
Emergency Response

2. Keywords/Themes: Laboratory Response
Network (LRN), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Association of
Public Health Laboratories (APHL), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),
Sentinel Lab, National Labs, Reference Labs, Certification, Inspection,
Bioterrorism, Sample Testing, Specimens, Bioterrorism potential agents,
Shipping/...

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Biosafety: Avoiding Lab Acquired Infections (LAI)

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There are four sections in this course:

  • Section 1: Background
  • Section 2: BSLs and Use of Equipment for Your Safety
  • Section 3: Pathogens of Risk
  • Section 4: Building Safety into Laboratory Practice

There are review questions at the end of each section. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. There is a post-test at the end of the course. 

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Anatomy of a Foodborne Outbreak

The "JIT" training is divided into two components: a digital story of an E.coli O157:H7 outbreak and the training session which is broken into six sections. :

  • Section 1: CDC’s Recommendations
  • Section 2: Available Methods – Toxin Testing and Culture
  • Section 3: Reporting Toxin and Culture Results
  • Section 4: Submission of Isolates to the Public Health Laboratory
  • Section 5: Iowa-Specific Recommendations/Iowa Administrative Code...
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