Safety in the Era of Covid: A Cytology Management Discussion with a Spotlight on Safety
Susan Alperstein, CTASCP)
Safety and prevention strategies should be an integral part of the cytology departments management program. Moreover, with the potential of exposure to COVID, safety has become a necessary and urgent focus of the cytology department. Prevention strategies and educational tools are fundamental to operation of safe practices and wellbeing of staff. Monitoring exposure, adverse risk assessments and safety inspections should be best practices. Needle stick and potential risk of infections during adequacy procedures are a concern and safety measures and strategies need to be implemented on a consistent basis to minimize or eliminate risk. Furthermore, ergonomic challenges arise with cytology tasks of microscopic screening and other repetitive tasks. The webinar will include a didactic lecture component with illustrative tools and examples for a comprehensive safety program in cytology.
This educational activity is designed for pathologists, cytopathologists, cytotechnologists, students and other members of the cytopathology community.
- Formulate an outline for a departmental safety plan.
- Review key prevention strategies and safety precautions with an emphasis on adequacy assessments and cyto-preparatory methods.
- Review safety precautions including preventive personal equipment (PPE) for prevention of COVID and other infectious agents.
- Monitor safety incidents with the A3 tool format.
Susan Alperstein, CT(ASCP)
DISCLOSURE OF RELEVANT FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIPS
The faculty, committee members, Executive Board and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to the ASC and to learners any financial relationships that have occurred within the last 24 months with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. The ASC has reviewed the disclosures and mitigated all relevant financial relationships.
The following individuals have reported financial relationships:
Oscar Lin MD PhD: Consultant – Hologic and Jansen
Liron Pantanowitz MD: Consultant – Hamamatsu, Advisory Board for Ibex
Martha B Pitman MD FIAC: Consultant – Adenocyte, LLC
Donna K. Russell MEd CT(ASCP) HT(ASCP): Advisory Board – Hologic Scientific
Christopher J. VandenBussche MD PhD: Ad hoc advisory board panel and Consultant – Roche
The following individuals have reported no relevant financial relationships:
Susan A. Alperstein, MS, CT(ASCP), Donna Armyalagos, BA, CT(ASCP), Cheryl K. Arnott, SCT(ASCP), Kristen A. Atkins, MD, Khalid Amin, MD, Guliz A. Barkan, MD, Christine N. Booth, MD, Barbara A. Centeno, MD, Bonnie Choy, MD, Deborah J. Chute, MD, Amy C. Clayton, MD, Jacqueline M. Cuda, BS, SCT(ASCP), Kara L. Hansing, MEd, SCT(ASCP)CM, Elizabeth M. Jacobi, MD, Jennifer B. Kernodle-Zimmer, BS, SCT(ASCP), Sara E. Monaco, MD, Caleigh-Shea Murphy, Gabriela M. Oprea-Ilies, MD, Maria Luisa C. Policarpio-Nicolas, MD, Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri, MD, PhD, Momin T. Siddiqui, MD, FIAC, Jose Victor Scarpa Carniello, MD, Sheila Segura, MD, Paul N. Staats, MD
The ASC staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships.
The presenters have no conflicts of interest or financial relationships to disclose.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Statement
The American Society of Cytopathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Society of Cytopathology designates this enduring educational activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
American Board of Pathology Continuing Certification (CC)
This product can help fulfill the CME requirements mandated by the American Board of Pathology Continuing Certification (CC) process. Earn up to 2.0 Credit Hours.
Continuing Medical Laboratory Education (CMLE)
The ASC designates this activity for a maximum of 2.0 Continuing Medical Laboratory Education (CMLE) credit hours for non-physicians. The CMLE credit hours meet the continuing education requirements for the ASCP Board of Registry Certification Maintenance Program. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Cytotechnologists with Licenses in Florida and California
This program is approved for 2 continuing education credits in the State of Florida and 1 in the State of California. The credit on each link is good for three years from the live presentation date.
- 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 1.00 California Credits
- 2.00 CMLE
- 2.00 Florida Credits
- 2.00 Participant