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We say goodbye to Tara Bonham

We had the opportunity to personally thank Ms. Tara Bonham for all the years she collaborated with us as part of our Enteric Parasitology Expert Committee member. Tara has been an invaluable resource and help and she supported the program
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Professional Development Course Report

In 2014, CMPT proposed a program where laboratorians could receive continuing education credits for reading the critiques in our Clinical Bacteriology, Mycology, and Enteric Parasitology programs and answering an on-line quiz.  The program was trialed during 2015 with about 50
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POLQM Quality Conference

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine’s Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management hosted its 6th October Quality Conference at the Paetzold Education Centre at the Vancouver General Hospital from October 1-3, 2017. The theme of Laboratory Quality in Challenging
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Connections Fall 2017

VOLUME 21    NUMBER 3         FALL - 2017            ISSN 1496-3876 EXTENDING THE SCOPE OF EQA TO THE EXTRA ANALYTICAL PHASES In recent years, the increasing interest in quality improvement and patient safety has made laboratories increasingly
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This year, we had our Annual General Meeting at the beautiful Alumni Centre at the UBC campus. We were glad to see many of our faithful committee members and we took the opportunity to thank them personally. We have had
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EQALM Symposium 2017

October can be a busy month! This year, that was especially so, with the Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management hosting its October Quality Conference: “Laboratory Quality in Challenging times”, and the CMPT Annual General Meeting, and also the European
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Extending the scope of EQA to the extra analytical phases

by Veronica Restelli EQA is an essential component for assuring quality testing in a laboratory. By participating, laboratories gain confidence in the quality of their performance, can evaluate staff competency, compare their performance with other laboratories, and take advantage of
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Case Report – Vibrio vulnificus

In November 2016 CMPT sent a PT sample with the Survey M163. Sample M163-3 as a simulated Wound sample collected from a 50 year old naval diver with an arm wound injury and cellulitis. The sample contained a strain of Vibrio
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Resistance to Macrolides and Lincosamides

by Veronica Restelli Macrolides are composed of 2 or more amino or neutral sugars attached to a lactone ring of variable size. Commercially available macrolides have a 14-membered (clarithromycin, erythromycin, and roxithromycin) or 15-membered (azithromycin) lactone ring. Lincosamides (clindamycin and
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Connections Summer 2017

VOLUME 21    NUMBER 2         SUMMER - 2017            ISSN 1496-3876 RESISTANCE TO MACROLIDES AND LINCOSAMIDES Macrolides have been in use since the early 1950s and are a major alternative to the use of
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