Joann P Fenn

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The updated Vitek Yeast Biochemical Card (YBC) was compared with the API 20C by using 409 germ tube-negative yeasts and Geotrichum spp. that were either clinical or proficiency sample isolates. The API 20C was the reference standard. The 409 isolates represented nine genera and 21 species. Morphology agars were inoculated and interpreted for each isolate.(More)
To improve turnaround time and decrease the cost of the identification of Candida glabrata, we evaluated four methods for the detection of trehalose assimilation or fermentation. These methods were compared with the API 20C method (bioMERIEUX, Hazelwood, Mo.) to determine accuracy. We recommend the use of Remel Rapid Trehalose Assimilation Broth because of(More)
Five disinfectants or soaps were tested to determine if any could be responsible for false-positive results obtained with the Latex-Crypto Antigen Detection System kit (Immuno-Mycologics, Inc., Norman, Okla.). Three disinfectants or soaps (Derma soap, 7X, and Bacdown) produced false-positive agglutination after repeated washing of ring slides during testing(More)
A total of 502 yeast isolates were tested with the 30-min MUREX Candida albicans CA50 (Norcross, GA) test for presumptive identification of C. albicans. The results were compared with the standard 2-h germ tube test, which was the reference standard. Of the 502 isolates, 316 were C. albicans and 186 were non-C. albicans. Identifications were based on germ(More)
This study reflects an assessment conducted at the University of Utah to determine medical laboratory science students' perceptions and influence of clinical rotations on job choice criteria. A mixed method design was used, incorporating semistructured interviews and mailed questionnaires. This study identified both favorable as well as unfavorable factors(More)
A comparative study of antimicrobial susceptibility patterns was performed for a five-year period in four hospitals affiliated with the University of Utah School of Medicine due to concern that susceptibility testing method and results differences between hospital units might complicate training and comprise initial antimicrobial therapy. Few significant(More)
Nationally, clinical laboratory science programs are struggling for student applicants. Major challenges facing the laboratory profession include: 1) low salaries, 2) lack of public awareness, and 3) the myriad of career choices for new graduates. Increasing public awareness and actively recruiting students can overcome one of these challenges. This paper(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether recipients of clinical laboratory science (CLS) advanced degrees (MS) perceive greater career enhancement value related to earning an advanced degree than is perceived by their baccalaureate level (BS) colleagues. DESIGN Two questionnaires were used-one for certified or licensed CLS professionals who had earned MS CLS(More)