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Wanted!! Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (CRPA) isolates

Guidance for Implementation of CRE and CRPA testing at the Montana Public Health Laboratory 

Packaging and Shipping Training-September 2017

This four-hour, intermediate level hands-on workshop will provide an overview of the classification of clinical samples and cultures and will lead participants through shipping samples according to regulatory requirements, including packaging, labeling, and documenting.  Scenarios will provide practice with all steps.  This training is a part of the regulatory requirements specified in 49 CFR 172, subpart H, and is applicable toward final certification by the participant’s employer that all requirements have been met.

Training announcement and application

Biosafety and Laboratory Outreach

The Montana Laboratory Services Bureau offers not only testing, but also consultation and outreach in a number of different areas.

One of our most recent outreach programs is biosafety. The Ebola crisis of 2014 revealed that, on a national level, there are gaps in laboratory biosafety programs. Measures that can be put in place to protect ourselves and the public from laboratory acquired infections include risk assessments, standardized training, and non-punitive systems for reporting incidents and near misses, to name a few. The Association of Public Health Laboratories, with funding by the CDC, has developed tools and provided training and other programs to enhance biosafety in each state. Public Health laboratories have been tasked with passing these resources on to clinical partners in their jurisdictions. Part of our outreach is to provide copies of our newly updated Laboratory Services Manual.

Please contact our program managers and subject matter experts for any assistance you may need. If you need assistance with a topic not listed below, please give one of us a call, and we can find someone to help.

For assistance with biosafety, packaging and shipping, biopreparedness training, jurisdictional transport plans (county level), Harvest Webstation accounts, and Portacount requests or technical assistance, contact: Biosafety Officer and Laboratory Training Specialist, Crystal Fortune, 444-0930 or

For assistance with biopreparedness, biosafety, jurisdictional sample transport plans (county level), CAP LPX facility feedback, and sentinel laboratory outreach, contact: Bioterrorism Specialist, Lana Moyer, 444-0944 or

For assistance with chemical terrorism preparedness, including rapid toxic screening questions or training, contact: Chemical Terrorism Specialist, Joel Felix, 444-9653 or

For assistance with Harvest Webstation or Copia, contact: Data Coordinator, Kim Varvel, 444-4115 or

For assistance with laboratory safety/biosafety; quality assurance, including rapid HIV/HCV; and Portacount requests, contact: Quality Assurance and Safety Specialist, Donna Jo Hosmer, 444-5941 or