MLS CE 03: Laboratories in Forensic Pathology (Session 304-405-14)


MLS CE 03: Laboratories in Forensic Pathology (Session 304-405-14)

Program Area: Chemistry
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Contact Hours: 1.0

Description: This presentation will describe the major types of specimens used for forensic toxicology as well as the major laboratory analytical methods used to detect drugs and ethanol in clinical specimens. We will discuss the many clinical factors that can influence the accurary of laboratory testing in forensic toxicology.

Click on "Take Course" below to begin the CE educational activity. The course will have a step-by-step process for completing the required components for CE credit. These steps include:

1. Video presentation
2. Post-test with 5 attempts
3. Assessment/evaluation
4. Certificate of completion.

Video length is indicated as (01:00:03). Module video links 

A pdf of the course handout can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the page. It is suggested that you print out the document before beginning the course to use for notetaking and assisting with the quiz.



Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, the participant will be able to:

1. Describe the different types of evidentiary specimen collection in forensic medicine as well as the importance of maintaining chain of custody from person to person.

2. Compare and contrast the challenges and pitfalls that exist in the interpretation of postmortem forensictoxicology and the various factors that may influence the accuracy of the laboratory results including but notlimited to decomposition, postmortem redistribution, and embalming fluids.

3. Compare and contrast the major types of drugs that are most subject to postmortem redistribution, optimal sites for obtaining postmortem blood samples for toxicological analysis.


Additional Information

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Course summary
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Dr. Teresa Campbell, MD, Pathologist
Associate Professor of Pathology, Medical Director, MLS Program, Lincoln Memorial University

Dr. Campbell has indicated she has no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity


Available Credit

  • 1.00 Attendance


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