How to Get Away with Murder (of Microorganisms): A Guide to Laboratory Disinfection

Please note: AABB reserves the right to make updates to this program.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM (ET) 7:00 – 8:00 PM (GMT)
Master Program Number: 20EL-576 (see program format numbers below under Registration)

Educational Track: Technical/Clinical
Topic: Cellular Therapies
Intended Audience: Hospital Blood Banks, Laboratory Staff, Managers/Supervisors, Research Scientists, Scientists, Technologists
Teaching Level: Basic to Intermediate

Director: Matthew J. Wilgo, Cell Biology Scientist, New England Cord Blood Bank, Marlborough, MA
Moderator: Grace Centola, PhD, Laboratory Director, New England Cord Blood Bank, Marlborough, MA
Speaker: Matthew J. Wilgo, Cell Biology Scientist, New England Cord Blood Bank, Marlborough, MA; Other speakers to be announced.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the difference between sanitization, disinfection, and sterilization.
  • Discuss the differences between common disinfection choices.
  • Perform a basic disinfection qualification.
  • Implement a more robust disinfection quality program.

Program Description

Any scientific laboratory should be clean, but biological laboratories need to more than just ‘clean’, they need to be free of most, if not all, microorganisms. For BL1 or BL2 laboratories working with human cells or tissues a single bacteria, spore, virus, or fungi can be disastrous from the process at hand. Developing a robust program to minimize the risk of infectious agents in a laboratory can pose a number of challenges. While every lab will have its own unique requirements, from a lab bench, to a biosafety cabinet, to a clean room; each will have some commonalities. This eCast will help new and established laboratory staff make informed decisions on how to best disinfect their laboratory. It’s important to understand the terminology uses in the field, the types of disinfectants available, and how to use them correctly. By applying the knowledge from this program, a lab should be able to more effectively drive their risk of infectious agents closer to zero. In short, you will be better able to murder bacteria, viruses, fungi threatening your operation... and get away with it.


   Program #
Single Viewer: Live Register20EL-576-2070
Single Viewer: On-Demand Register20EL-576-4070
Group Viewing: Live Register20EL-576-6070
Group Viewing: On-Demand Register20EL-576-8070
Group Viewing: Live & On-Demand Register20EL-576-9970

Continuing Education Credit

AABB estimates both the live and on-demand version of this eCast each to be eligible for 1 continuing education credits/contact hours for California Nurse, California Lab Personnel, Florida Lab Personnel and General Participation credit. The final number of credit(s) and credit types awarded for this program (live or on-demand) will be determined by the program duration. Please note this program is not eligible for continuing medical education (CME) credit for physicians. For more information on each credit type please visit our Continuing Education Credits webpage.

Disclosures for the planners of this event can be found here. Disclosures for the program faculty are provided at the beginning of the program.