Once again, since I teach my workshops face to face as opposed to online, this blog post is slightly altered to be relevant for me. The activities I have come up with are ones that I could use in the classroom. I have tried to integrate the ideas of collaboration, community and teaching presence into these activities as I feel they are equally valuable in a face to face classroom setting.
Learning outcome #1:
Identify the differences between procedures for routine blood collection and procedures for blood culture collection. Explain the reasons for these differences in regards to microbiology lab results, diagnosis and patient care.
Learning activity #1:
Read the procedure for collecting blood cultures. Highlight the steps that differ from routine blood collection. In pairs, discuss reasons for these differences. We will then review these procedures together as a class.
Learning outcome #2:
Ensure correct processing of microbiology specimens including media selection, labeling, inoculation, streaking and incubation. Understand importance of proper streaking patterns to obtain isolation. Demonstrate use of sterile technique in biological safety cabinet.
Learning activity #2:
Choose 3 different types of specimens and review each specimen and requisition for correct labeling. Choose appropriate media plates according to job aide. Label each media plate with a unique identifier (example: SC-1, SC-2, SC-3) as well as required incubation atmosphere (O2, CO2 or AnO2). After watching the demonstration, inoculate and streak media according to protocol. Sort media according to required incubation atmosphere.