How Culture Media Can Deliver Value to Your Lab

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Title: How Culture Media Can Deliver Value to Your Lab

Date: Monday, March 16

Time: 2 p.m. ET

Presenters: Nathan Ledeboer, PhD

Switching to a New Prepared Culture Media Supplier

While performance standards of prepared culture media are consistent among various manufacturers, when sourcing items from a new supplier, laboratory personnel may find that the general attributes of both the media and microorganisms differ. In this webinar, Nathan Ledeboer, PhD, will teach participants how to distinguish growth and isolation characteristics of normal flora and pathogens between two leading suppliers of prepared media plates: Thermo Scientific™ and BD.

Additionally, Dr. Ledeboer will present the physical differences of enrichment, selective, and differential media available from the two manufacturers through side by side comparisons. He will also address the growing impact of automation on the microbiology laboratory by discussing a case study that highlights new and evolving technologies to improve efficiency and productivity in the processing of clinical samples.

This webinar is designed to provide lab professionals with the skill and insight to effectively handle the implementation of Thermo Scientific microbiology prepared media by reviewing several critical aspects to onboarding a new prepared media supplier, including common procedures and policies for adopting new media, impact to workflow, ordering, delivery, and media storage and handling.

Learning Objectives

This webinar will help you:

  • Understand culture media formulas and variations
  • Observe how organisms grow and look on different media
  • Identify differences in organism appearance on media from different manufacturers
  • Learn about clinical microbiology advances using an automation case study

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This webinar is produced by Whitehat Communications, a provider of continuing education programs in clinical laboratory sciences that has been approved by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.™ Program. One P.A.C.E. credit hour will be provided for this complimentary, basic-level program.



Nathan Ledeboer, PhD

Dr. Nathan Ledeboer is the director of medical and technical activities for the Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratories of the Medical College of Wisconsin. In this role, he oversees new assay development and implementation, approves all testing methods, and consults with medical colleagues about test selection and results.

Ledeboer earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology at the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. At Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish in St. Louis, MO, he was awarded a Fellowship in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology and was also a Chief Clinical Microbiology Fellow. Ledeboer is Board Certified in Medical Microbiology.