ROAR Sentinel Laboratory Challenge
1. Please select a sentinel designation for your laboratory based on the Laboratory Response Network (LRN) definitions below. Sentinel Clinical Laboratories are divided into BASIC and ADVANCED. Read the below descriptions and then select whether your laboratory fits the ADVANCED or BASIC criteria.
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ADVANCED SENTINEL CLINICAL LABORATORES SHALL MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
a. The laboratory is certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicad Services (CMS) for the applicable subspecialty within the specialty of microbiology, and meets the requirements to perform high complexity testing.
b. The laboratory is inspected successfully by CMS, a CMS agent, a CMS-approved accreditation organization, or, for a CLIA-exempt laboratory, by that laboratory's State.
c. The laboratory has policies and procedures for direct referral of suspicious specimens or isolates to the nearest LRN reference laboratory in its jurisdiction.
d. Have a Class II or higher Certified Biological Safety Cabinet.
e. Comply with Biosafety Level II (BLS-2) practices AND
f. Have policies and procedures inplace for use of additional respiratory protection, including a definition of when such use is necessary, as well as documentation of safe use (e.g. N-95 fit-testing).
g. Have policies and procedures that include the LRN Sentinel Level Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Guidelines that are available and can be downloaded from the ASM website:
h. All personnel have been trained, with demonstrated competency, and are fully aware of the details contained within each LRN Sentinel Level Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Guidelines.
i. Personnel have been trained and certified in Packing and Shipping of Infectious Substances Guidelines.
j. Have procedures to track and account for decontamination of laboratory biological waste (specimens, cultures). At a minimun, ensure that any contract or procedure for waste/disposal is available for inspection in the laboratory safety or waste disposal manual.
BASIC SENTINEL CLINICAL LABORATORIES SHALL MEET THE FOLLOWING:
a. Advanced Sentinel Laboratory requirements a, b, and c from above.
b. The laboratory has policies and procedures for referral of diagnosic specimens to an Advanced Sentinel Laboratory.
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