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in addition, the NLTN will continue to support laboratory training based on regional needs.
NLTN staff and personnel in CDC's Office of Workforce and Career Development developed a comprehensive plan to measure the effectiveness of the program.
(2) Using pre- and postcourse practices assessments enabled us to demonstrate that recommended laboratory AST practices were adopted in laboratories whose staff participated in the NLTN learning activity and who responded to the assessments.
An NLTN course designed to promote changes in knowledge and use of appropriate AST practices and presented at strategic locations across the country was considered successful, given the data provided.
ABBREVIATIONS: ABC = active bacterial core; APHL = Association of Public Health Laboratories; AST = antimicrobial susceptibility testing; CDC = Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; CE = continuing education; CLSI = Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute; CME = continuing medical education; NLTN = National Laboratory Training Network; VISA = vancomycin-intermediate Staphylococcus aureus; VRSA = vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Foster, MLIS, NLTN library assistant, for her assistance in researching and preparing this manuscript for publication.
Throughout 2000 and into 2001, NLTN, along with state public health laboratories, co-sponsored many more workshops targeted at the clinical community; videotapes were packaged into one of NLTN's self-contained facilitated distance-learning modules: the workshop-in-a-box.
Immediately following 9/11 and the anthrax letters, NLTN mobilized to develop and deliver more training and to equip state laboratory personnel with the tools necessary to train their local lab communities.
The newest addition to NLTN's growing list of bioterrorism training resources is a free online course entitled "Bioterrorism Preparedness Training for LRN Sentinel Laboratories"; the course features five interactive modules on bioterrorism agent protocols and the LRN.
Since 2001, NLTN's training has progressed from awareness-building didactic seminars to "wet" workshops that teach the protocols for handling suspected bioterrorism agents, using organisms not on the Select Agent list.
As NLTN's training has evolved, so has the structure of the LRN.
"Our goal is to have 100 percent of microbiology laboratories in the state retrained on bioterrorism agent protocols," says Baselski who is teaching many of the classes for NLTN in Tennessee.