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Did you know that in the US over 200,000 people are hospitalized, and that on average 36,000 people die each year because of influenza?
Don’t you think you should learn more about this common illness?
This recorded presentation will include a historical review of FLU types and outbreaks. Commonly experienced symptoms will be presented and current testing methods will be compared. Since testing is used not only for diagnosing patients, but is also used to monitor influenza activity and to detect emerging strains of the influenza virus, emerging flu activity as well as testing reliability with the new strains will be discussed. The presentation concludes with a look at precautions and home treatments.
After completing this Webinar CEexpress course, students will be able to:
- Define seasonal and pandemic FLU
- Define pre-test probability and how incidence of disease affects laboratory testing
- Evaluate the reliability of current rapid tests for the detection of FLU in ambulatory patients.
The course links you to an archived version of the webinar slide and audio program, and to available pdf file resources. Your computer must have audio capabilities to hear the audio portion of the presentation.
This course has been approved for P.A.C.E.® credit. You must successfully complete the quiz and submit the course evaluation to receive credit.
Dr. Sautter is a native of Detroit, MI who did his undergraduate studies in biology at Eastern Michigan University. This was followed by a Master of Science degree at the same university. He received his Doctor of Philosophy, majoring in microbiology, at Wayne State University.
He served as the director of microbiology for the Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, PA from 1982 to 2005, which included serving as director of the Point of Care program between 1997 and 2005.
His educational affiliations include:
- Clinical Assistant Professor of Pathology at the Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA
- Adjunct faculty for Continuing Education at Penn State Capital College in Middletown, PA
- Adjunct faculty of Biology at Millersville University, and
- Adjunct faculty at the Department of Science and Mathematics at the Harrisburg Area Community College, in Harrisburg, PA.
In 2005, he was named to his current position: the Director of Microbiology and Laboratory Director for the Mecklenburg County Health Department and Point of Care for the Carolinas Pathology Group, Carolinas Laboratory Network.
He has over 110 published abstracts, 8 book chapters/monographs, and over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals, such as Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Hospital Pharmacy, Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, and Journal of Clinical Pathology.
Dr. Sautter is a member of several professional societies, including the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB), among others. He served as chair of the clinical microbiology division of the ASM and has served as counselor for the same
division. Dr. Sautter is also a member of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC-CDC) and their liaison representative for the Board of Scientific Councilors for Infectious Diseases.
Due to his extensive studies and clinical experience, he has given numerous presentations nationally.
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