Carbapenem resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa: An ongoing challenge for clinical laboratories 

By Shelley Campeau, PhD, D(ABMM) 


Upon completion of this article, the reader will be able to:

  1. Discuss the current outbreak of drug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  2. Describe the background and epidemiology of carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa (CP-CRPA). 
  3. Differentiate between different testing methods for CP-CRPA. 
  4. List the entities and guidelines involved to combat future carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa (CP-CRPA) outbreaks.

About the Author

Shelley Campeau, PhD, D(ABMM) is a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology and currently a Senior Consultant with Scientific and Medical Affairs Consulting, LLC. Prior to consulting, she worked in both clinical and public health microbiology for over 10 years, and then in industry at an in vitro diagnostics company for 4 years. She has been a volunteer with CLSI for almost 10 years, helping to bring updated breakpoints and new test methods to clinical laboratories for improved patient care.

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  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate
  • MLO and Northern Illinois University (NIU), DeKalb, IL, are co-sponsors in offering continuing education units (CEUs) for this issue’s CE article. CEUs or contact hours are granted by the College of Health and Human Sciences at Northern Illinois University, which has been approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. Continuing education credits awarded for successful completion of this test are acceptable for the ASCP Board of Registry Continuing Competence Recognition Program. Readers who pass the test successfully (scoring 70% or higher) will receive a certificate for 1 contact hour of P.A.C.E.® credit. The fee for this continuing education test is $20. This test was prepared by Amanda Voelker, MPH, MT(ASCP), MLS, Clinical Education Coordinator, School of Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

    Level of Instruction: Intermediate
    Passing scores of 70 percent or higher are eligible for 1 contact hour of P.A.C.E. credit. This test is no longer valid for CEUs after December 31, 2024.

    NIU is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.