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Dr. Lance Peterson

Leading the lab: Lance Peterson, MD

Lance Peterson “I was very excited when told of the APIC-ASM partnership program to develop new educational resources focusing on microbiology, diagnostics, and surveillance

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to help improve patient outcomes in the modern healthcare arena. I have been involved in both diagnostic microbiology and infection control activities for more than 30 years and have long felt how well these two critical healthcare disciplines complement one another to the benefit of patient care.

“Problem solving talent is a must in both areas for microbiology: the medical technologist needs to continually adjust to the changing pathogens of infectious diseases, both in terms of increasing antimicrobial resistance and the emergence of new pathogens for infection control; the infection preventionist must continually gauge the most important problems for their organizations and devise specific strategies to deal with each and every one of them.

“Because a diverse team approach is critical to best practices for infection control and prevention in U.S. healthcare, our own infection control team is staffed by professionals from nursing and microbiology, and incorporates educators and epidemiologists.

In collaboration, these two highly respected organizations have the potential for developing new understanding of each other’s practice that will improve communication between the laboratory and infection control, facilitate a more rapid response to the ever challenging face of healthcare-associated infection, and raise national awareness of the important work done by APIC and ASM.”

— Dr. Lance Peterson

Watch Dr. Peterson’s video.