Improving Patient Care:  New Diagnostic Technology for Rapid Detection of Common Infectious Diarrheal Agents
Release Date: January 24, 2014
Last Reviewed: January 8, 2014
Expiration Date: January 24, 2015
Time to Complete Activity: 1.75 hours

*This activity expired for credit on January 24, 2015 and is no longer available for credit
Kimberle C. Chapin, MD, D(ABMM), FCAP
Professor of Pathology and Medicine
Alpert Brown Medical School
Director of Microbiology and Infectious Disease Molecular Diagnostics
Lifespan Academic Medical Centers
Providence, RI
Robert Orenstein, DO, FACP, FIDSA
Associate Professor
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Chair - Division of Infectious Diseases
Mayo Clinic in Arizona
Phoenix, AZ
Lawrence R. Schiller, MD
Professor of Medicine
Texas A&M University Health Science Center at Dallas
Attending Physician
Program Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas, TX
The target audience for this initiative includes primary care clinicians (family practice and internal medicine physicians), gastroenterologists, infectious disease specialists, travel medicine specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other allied healthcare providers interested in and actively engaged in the diagnosis and management of patients with signs and/or symptoms of gastrointestinal infection.
Each year, an estimated 211 to 375 million episodes of diarrheal disease occur in the United States, causing significant morbidity and mortality. Patient symptomatology is often insufficient to distinguish among the long list of potential causative bacterial, viral, and parasitic agents. Conventional methods for pathogen detection and identification require multiple specimens for multiple tests, often sent to different laboratories, with turnaround times ranging from a few hours to a week or more. Two new molecular panels were cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January 2013. These panels allow same-day, single-specimen testing of common infectious diarrheal pathogens, thereby enabling clinicians to more quickly identify or rule out specific causative pathogens, initiate definitive treatment, and take steps to prevent further spread. This webinar—presented by 3 expert faculty, a gastroenterologist, an infectious disease specialist, and a microbiologist—is designed to increase clinician awareness of these new same-day, single-specimen diagnostic assays. It will also enable clinicians to identify patients who are candidates for testing and interpret test results according to assay performance characteristics and limitations.
Upon proper completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
  • Evaluate the role of new same-day single-specimen diagnostic assays for common infectious diarrheal pathogens in improving time to diagnosis and facilitating treatment decisions.
  • Describe the correct use of new same-day single-specimen diagnostic assays for common infectious diarrheal pathogens in clinical practice, including patient selection, specimen collection and handling, and interpretation of results.
9 minutes
Chapter 1
The Burden of Infectious Diarrheal Disease
21 minutes
Chapter 2
New Diagnostic Solutions for Infectious Diarrheal Disease
33 minutes
Chapter 3
Using New Gastrointestinal Molecular Panels in Clinical Practice
26 minutes
Case Studies & Concluding Remarks
15 minutes
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Name of Faculty or Presenter
Reported Financial Relationship
Kimberle C. Chapin, MD, D(ABMM), FCAP
Grant/Research Support: Becton Dickinson, Hologic Corporation, Luminex Corporation
Robert Orenstein, DO, FACP, FIDSA
Nothing to disclose
Lawrence R. Schiller, MD
Speakers’ Bureaus: Abbott/Abbvie, Forest/Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Santarus, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company
The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:
Name of Planner or Manager
Reported Financial Relationship
Ashley Marostica, RN, MSN
Nothing to disclose
Amanda Glazar, PhD
Nothing to disclose
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