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.
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 NLTN Lending Library--a free service to lab professionals--offers 50 different bioterrorism resources that can be used for personal reference or as in-service presentations.
For example, one bioterrorism "wet" workshop, co-sponsored by NLTN in New York City, trained one person from each of the 72 sentinel labs in that area.
NLTN is sponsored by the Association of Public Health Laboratories and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A cooperative group put together by the CDC and the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors, the NLTN
has produced an on-line information system that provides open access to public health TB laboratory information and services.