Webinar

The ABCs of Hepatitis Testing

  • Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Date:OCT.20.2015 2:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Price: $0.00

Member Price: $0.00

DESCRIPTION

Hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) is most often caused by a virus, and the most common types of viral hepatitis in the U.S. are hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Hepatitis A is curable, but outbreaks still occur in the U.S. with about 3,500 new infections reported each year. Hepatitis B, affects an estimated 1.2 million people, many of whom remain undiagnosed. Hepatitis C is the most prevalent, with nearly 30,000 new infections each year and more than 3 million people currently living with the disease. (Source: CDC website, http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/abc/index.htm)

Clinicians now have a wide variety of laboratory tests available to diagnose hepatitis infections and manage affected patients, many of whom require lifelong monitoring. For those living with hepatitis C, new therapies that lead to better patient outcomes are now available, making it more important than ever to identify and treat those with a hepatitis C virus infection.

During this webinar, participants will learn about tests currently being used in the diagnosis and management of hepatitis viruses, current CDC guidelines for hepatitis screening, and the differences between currently available hepatitis C virus assays.

TARGET AUDIENCE

This program is designed for laboratory managers, supervisors, directors and other healthcare professionals involved in hepatitis A, B, or C screening, diagnosis or management.

SPEAKER

Denise Uettwiller-Geiger, PhD, DLM(ASCP), Clinical Chemist and Director of Clinical Trials, John T. Mather Memorial Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY)

Program

During this 60-minute webinar, Dr. Uettwiller-Geiger will discuss viral hepatitis and laboratory testing for hepatitis types A, B and C. The program will also provide essential information for understanding the disease biology, describe new therapeutic strategies, and outline updates to CDC testing guidelines for hepatitis testing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and discuss the various types of viral hepatitis and the differences between them
  2. Explain clinically useful tests for diagnosing and managing hepatitis
  3. Describe CDC guidelines for hepatitis screening 
  4. Examine the differences in available hepatitis C assays

Dr. Uettwiller-Geiger will answer participant questions during a live Q&A at the end of the webinar.

Technical Requirements

AACC uses WebEx to conduct its webinars. To attend the webinar, you will need:

  • A separate telephone line for the audio or a sound card and speakers
  • A 56Kbps Internet connection or better
  • Windows Users - Internet Explorer 6/7, Firefox 2, Mozilla 1.7+, Netscape 8.1 or higher.
  • Mac Users - Firefox 2, Safari 3.0 (Mac OS 10.4, 10.5), Safari 2.0 (Mac OS 10.4) Safari 1.3 (Mac OS 10.3).
  • Linux Users - Firefox 2, Mozilla 1.7 or higher.

NOTE: The WebEx plug-in will not install if your browser has high security settings or you do not have administrative rights on your PC

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