Outreach Information and Activities
Biosafety and Healthcare Preparedness Conference Presentations
In 2017, the Bureau of Laboratories and Bureau of Epidemiology and Population Health hosted seven conferences across the state. The goal of the conferences was to improve laboratory safety, laboratory preparedness, hospital infection prevention and to utilize State of Michigan resources effectively. Below are the powerpoint presentations from the conference.
Identifying Select Agents
Emergency Situations: Serving Public Health
Regional Epidemiologist Update
Biosafety and Risk Assessment for Clinical Laboratories
Healthcare Epidemiology and Statistics
Laboratory Biosafety and Infection Control: Michigan Special Pathogens Response Network
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Antimicrobial Resistance Information
The emergence in Michigan of the first VRSA (vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) in 2002 has focused world attention on antimicrobial resistance and the overuse of antibiotics as important public health issues. Currently, the identification of carbapenemases and other novel mechanisms which confer pan-resistance are a challenge for laboratories.
MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories serves as a reference laboratory for identification of novel resistance genes. It also supports Michigan clinical/sentinel laboratories in their detection of antimicrobial resistance by providing microbiologists with updates and guidance documents on current recommendations and best practices.
MDHHS Biosafety, Laboratory Outreach firstname.lastname@example.org
Laboratory Response Network (LRN)
The Laboratory Response Network is comprised of laboratories throughout the nation which are capable of analyzing or referring specimens that may contain microbial agents or biological toxins. They include clinical, veterinary, environmental, food, agriculture, and public health laboratories that serve as sentinels for agents that may threaten the public's health.