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WCLN Webinar – Microscopic Identification of Microbes in Primary Blood Smears

January 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Microscopic Identification of Microbes in Primary Blood Smears


  • Alana Sterkel, Ph.D., D(ABMM), SM(ASCP)CM, is the Associate Director of the Communicable Disease Division of the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene

Description of Session:

Whether you work in Hematology, Microbiology or are a Generalist you could come across microbes in primary blood smears. Detecting microbes in primary blood is usually a critical value and should trigger additional actions. This webinar will be a review of the most common microbes you could encounter and their diagnostic features. We will discuss clinical factors that could support your diagnosis, limitations to this type of identification, and additional testing that may be recommended. Whether you report these identifications in your facility or refer to other facilities, the ability to recognize microbes in primary blood smears is critical for good patient care.


A certificate of participation will be granted to each participant based on 1.0 contact hours of instruction toward credit.

This program is co-sponsored by ASCLS-WI which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. program.

As part of the new P.A.C.E. continuing education process, please go to the ASCLS CE Organizer web site to print your P.A.C.E. certificates. You will be asked for a code number to print the certificate. We will provide you this number during the webinar.

Please note that the deadline for receiving P.A.C.E. education credit for this webinar is January 19th, 2023.



January 19, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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