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Report on Laboratory Working Group. Countries represented. Jamaica Bahamas St. Lucia Guyana Belize Turks and Caicos Trinidad and Tobago Suriname. Materials provided. Technical guide for sputum examination Laboratory policy for testing at CAREC and CMCs. Presentations.

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countries represented
Countries represented
  • Jamaica
  • Bahamas
  • St. Lucia
  • Guyana
  • Belize
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Suriname
materials provided
Materials provided
  • Technical guide for sputum examination
  • Laboratory policy for testing at CAREC and CMCs
presentations
Presentations
  • Laboratory support services for TB control
    • Role of CAREC
    • Levels of laboratory Services
    • Specimen collection
    • Handling and Transportation
    • Smear preparation procedures
    • Staining procedures
    • Examination procedures
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Quality Assurance
    • Quality control
    • Proficiency testing
    • Analysis of PT results
  • Observations from site visits
  • Safety
smear validation
Smear Validation
  • Laboratory personnel were showed how to calculate, store and choose smears for smear validation using the guide from WHO, 2002
  • All laboratories were urged to actively participate in this program
video presentation
Video presentation
  • A video on acid fast – direct smear microscopy for low resource laboratories was shown
  • A discussion followed as to the feasibility of the methods shown for use in the Caribbean