Aspergillus Infections: Presentation and Laboratory Diagnosis
by Instructor: Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD; Staff Writer: Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP); Staff Writer: Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN
Credentialed for: Pharmacy CE | ContinuingEducation.com

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Course Overview

The primary aim of this course is to provide concise knowledge as to the diagnosis of Aspergillus infection. There are three clinical distinct varieties of aspergillus infections. The most common is aspergillus bronchitis, which usually resolves with conservative therapy. The second type is an invasive infection, which usually occurs in patients who are immunocompromised or debilitated. The next most common and of interest is the aspergilloma, or fungus ball. It is a mass that lies free in a previously formed cavity in the lung. In many of the respiratory Aspergilloma cases, patients experience hemoptysis (coughing up of blood) which requires treatment. In those without symptoms, the aspergilloma may resolve on its own and not require any treatment. The goal of this continuing education program is to provide nurses and lab professionals in the acute setting with adequate information about the types of aspergillus infections, their presentation, laboratory analysis, and role of antifungal medications.

About the Course Author

Catherine Swift, MT(ASCP) is the clinical laboratory science editor for Relias Learning. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hastings College and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from North Colorado Medical Center. She has experience working in hospital laboratories, clinic laboratories, and research experience in microbiology as well as clinical research trials involving patients and various drug therapies for osteoporosis, endometriosis and bone density at Creighton University School of Medicine. Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Elizabeth Kellerman MSN, RN started in nursing in 2007 after graduating from Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California. While working in a critical care unit at Sutter Mills-Peninsula Hospital she earned her CCRN and TNCC. Her experience and knowledge led her to nursing education where she taught at a community college while working to receive her Master's in Nurse Education at Western Carolina University. As a nursing instructor, she spent time in many types of care settings including medical-surgical inpatient and community living centers. Her passion for education and training has most recently led her to a position as subject matter expert and content writer for Relias. Elizabeth Kellerman, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD, is a physician who holds a PhD in pharmacy. Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

  • Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel

    1.00HOURS

    Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel CE Provider #: 50-290 Clinical Laboratory Personnel will receive 1.0 contact hours for participating in this course.
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

    1.00HOURS

    ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification as well as licensure states, including California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and license renewal. Relias is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.
  • Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board

    1.00HOURS

    N/A


Course Details

  • Course Code:

    REL-ACU-0-AIPLD
  • Hours:

    1.00
  • Type:

    Online Course
  • Release Date:

    2020-04-01
  • Expiration Date:

    2023-03-31
  • Learning Objectives:

    Discuss the diagnosis, types, and pathophysiology of Aspergillus infections .; Identify the procedures available for specific diagnosis of Aspergillus.; Practice proper specimen handling and identification procedure in the laboratory.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course  
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Aspergillus
    Aspergillus
    Types of Aspergillus
    Diagnostics
    Laboratory Analysis
    Treatment
    Management of Hemoptysis
    Surgical Intervention
    Section 3: Clinical Vignette
    Section 4: Conclusion
    Summary
    Course Contributor(s)
    Resources
    References
    Congratulations!
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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