Date: February 28, 2023
Time: 11:00am (PST), 2:00pm (EST), 8:00pm (CET)
Traditional methods of infection prevention to detect healthcare-associated outbreaks have remained unchanged for many years. Investigators often rely on examining infection trends for increased incidence and then use reactive whole genome sequencing (WGS) to confirm or refute its presence. This method frequently misidentifies transmission and misses transmission where it has occurred. More recently, WGS surveillance has emerged as an alternative approach for infection prevention. By sequencing pathogens regardless of the suspicion of an outbreak, investigators can ideally detect transmission early and implement interventions before pathogens spread further. This webinar will discuss the background and emergence of WGS surveillance as well as infection prevention considerations for healthcare facilities. Moreover, the webinar will discuss recent cost-benefit analyses of WGS surveillance and potential barriers to implementation.
- Discuss the history and current use of whole genome sequencing (WGS) in infection prevention.
- Recognize the emergence and utility for real-time WGS surveillance.
- Explain the barriers of WGS surveillance implementation in routine practices.
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Labroots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this webinar, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit once you have viewed the webinar in its entirety.