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BPHL Laboratory Response Network (LRN) Training - Biological Defense

Bureau of Public Health Laboratories

  •  904-791-1500
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    Fax

    904-791-1567
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    Mailing Address

    Dept of Health 

    Bureau of Public Health Laboratories 

    1217 N. Pearl Street 

    Jacksonville, FL 32202 

     

BPHL Biological Defense Trainers

Betty Wheeler
BPHL - Jacksonville
1217 N. Pearl St
Jacksonville, FL
32202
Office: 904-791-1568
Cell: 904-652-6834

Leah Kloss
BPHL - Tampa
3602 Spectrum Blvd
Tampa, FL
33612
Office: 813-233-2278
Cell: 813-407-7173


Contributing to a healthier Florida one test at a time

The Bureau of Public Health Laboratories is currently offering an LRN sentinel laboratory training course at no cost to you at your facility. This training follows the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Sentinel Level Clinical Laboratory Protocols for Suspected Biological Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Scheduling the training at your facility is an easy process. Determine when you would like to have the training and how many people will be attending. A time will be set up that is convenient for all. The training materials are provided, as well as the biodefense reference manuals for your laboratory.

The training syllabus includes:

1) an overview of the LRN

2) the ASM protocols for ruling out potential bioterrorism agents and how to refer a sample to the state LRN Public Health Reference Laboratory when a bioterrorism agent cannot be ruled out

3) the role of the sentinel laboratory in responding to pandemic influenza

4) a brief introduction to packaging and shipping of infectious substances

5) an introduction to the CDC Select Agent Program

6) the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Preparedness Exercise (CAP LPX)

This class awards Florida clinical laboratory continuing education credits based on five hours of instruction.

Please contact Betty Wheeler at (904) 791-1568 to schedule a class for your facility.