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New Chemical Threat Response Training Coordinator
On April 15, 2013, Teresa Miller assumed the role of the Bureau of Laboratories (BOL) Chemical Threat Response Training Coordinator. Teresa has been with the BOL for a number of years in various positions, lastly in the Quality Assurance Section. As Teresa steps into this new position, she will be contacting laboratories, local health departments, and other partners to schedule chemical exposure (threat) packaging and shipping training. Teresa can be reached at 517-241-0925 or MillerT28@michigan.gov
On-Demand training is also available through MiTRAIN at https://mi.train.org
Course title: Laboratory Response and Hospital Preparedness in a Chemical Exposure (Terrorism) Event
New CDC Submission Forms
CDC has initiated a new electronic process to submit specimens to CDC laboratories for testing.
Reminder: Specimens sent to CDC for testing must be submitted through the state public health laboratories, with very rare exceptions.
Please share this information with your laboratory send-outs staff and request they discard and delete all older versions of CDC form 50.34.
Results Reporting from CDC:
New Test Directory
One exciting new feature of CDC's electronic submission process will be a drop-down test directory menu. We anticipate this test directory will be very helpful in preparing the submission forms. This new directory can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/laboratory/specimen-submission/form.html
New Laboratory Director
Dr. Sandip Shah has been selected as the new Director of the State Laboratory. Since August, Dr. Shah has filled the role as Acting Director. Dr. Shah worked as a microbiologist with the Michigan Department of Public Health in 1987 and progressed to Laboratory Scientist Manager; Director, Division of Infectious Diseases; and now Laboratory Director. He holds an Associate's Degree in Biology from the University of London; a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology/Chemistry from Gujarat University in Ahmedabad; a Master's Degree in Microbiology/Biochemistry from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda; and a Doctoral Degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in large animal clinical sciences/microbiology. Additional Certificates and Licenses include ASCP (Medical Technology from the American Society for Clinical Pathology) issued in 1982; CST 370 (PC coordinator and system specialist) issued in 2000 by PTD - Lansing Computer Institute; and HCLD (High Complexity Clinical Lab Director) issued in 2010.
MDCH Confirmatory Testing for Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
The MDCH Bureau of Laboratories has received a grant to develop non-automated AST capacity in state public health laboratories for CRE and VRSA to provide confirmatory testing for clinical laboratories within their jurisdiction. A webinar was held on December 11, 2012 to discuss the project design and the clinical laboratory role.
Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis Cases Resulting From Potentially Contaminated Steroid Injections
Fungal Meningitis Cases Resulting From Potentially Contaminated Steroid Injections- Oct 5th
For updated information regarding this outbreak, go to http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/meningitis.html
Clinical Partner's Influenza Call
The Bureau of Laboratories hosted a Clinical Partner's Influenza Conference Call on September 11, 2012. If you missed the call, check out the recording. This recording is approximately 21 minutes long.
First Case of Influenza A (H3N2v) Detected in Michigan
The first case of variant H3N2 influenza infection in Michigan has been reported in a Washtenaw County child. State laboratory results indicate the child has tested positive for influenza A (H3N2) variant, or H3N2v. The child, who had recent exposure to swine at the Ingham County Fair, experienced mild illness and was not hospitalized. The state laboratory results were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for confirmatory testing.
The following guidance outlines the MDCH recommendations for influenza surveillance, reporting and testing for laboratories and will assist in characterizing the current H3N2v outbreak and virus transmissibility.
Laboratory Director Change
On August 12, 2012, Dr. Frances Pouch Downes stepped down as Laboratory Director for the Michigan Department of Community Health Bureau of Laboratories (BOL). Dr. Downes had been Laboratory Director for the past 13 years and with the BOL for a total of 22 years. Under her leadership, the laboratory was successful in grant funding and technology acquisition, and, more recently, improved efficiency during times of economic stress. Dr. Downes' successful strategies included 1) continuation of essential testing services, 2) seeking out creative means to offer services, and 3) excellence in all you do. Dr. Downes has joined the Michigan State University faculty training and inspiring future scientists.
Sandip Shah, Ph.D., HCLD(ABB) has been selected as Laboratory Director and Acting Bureau Administrator beginning August 13, 2012. Dr. Shah is committed to continuing the policies and legacy Dr. Dowens has instilled upon the state laboratory.
Blood Lead Testing Collection Videos
Filter Paper Collection Video- This video provides a step-by-step demonstration of proper specimen collection using filter paper. It can be viewed at http://youtu.be/mB7HZN3d3uE.
Capillary Draw Collection Video- This video provides a step-by-step demonstration of proper specimen collection using a capillary vacutainer. It can be viewed at http://youtu.be/_G08TOwBOko.
Changes in Testing Services
Newborn Screening Program Adds SCID Testing
The Michigan Newborn Screening Laboratory began testing for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) on October 1, 2011. Information can be found on the Michigan Newborn Screening Program page.
Virtual Tour Available
Have you ever wanted to tour the State Public Health Laboratory? Take a virtual tour now by viewing our new video.
MDCH Laboratory Research Collaboration: ERIN
MDCH Announces Changes in Regional Laboratory QC Requirements
On 3/15/2011, the Michigan Regional Laboratory System (MRLS) announced changes to the Quality Control requirments for waived testing based upon the requirements of the test manufacturer.
Michigan Regional Laboratory System Changes
For almost two decades the Michigan Regional Laboratory System (MRLS) has provided a structure of quality assurance for local public health agencies performing testing on human specimens in a non-traditional laboratory or point-of-care setting. The MRLS has enabled local public health agencies to meet the federal regulatory requirements of CLIA'88. However, in the years between the inception of MRLS and now, there have been profound changes in diagnostic technology and state and local public health resources. Read more in the reorganizational letter below.
Bureau of Laboratories Annual Reports
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