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Sessions and Events for POCCs at the AACC Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA | August 4-8

The 71st AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo is just weeks away and there are many educational and networking opportunities for POCCs, including...

Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 8:30AM - 11:30AM
Rise and Shine! The Essential Elements of a Point of Care Testing (POCT) Boot Camp (Part 1)
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Sunday, August 4, 2019 | 12:15PM - 3:15PM
Afternoon Reveille! Continuing the Essential Elements of a Point of Care Testing (POCT) Boot Camp (Part 2) | Learn more

Monday, August 5, 2019 | 2:15PM - 4:15PM
Racing Against Time: Point of Care Testing (POCT) in Mobile Health Settings | Learn more

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 | 2:30PM - 5:00PM
Worldwide Challenges in POCT) - A Focus on Molecular POCT | Learn more
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 | 2:30PM - 5:00PM
Tackling Infectious Disease Testing and Interpretation: Considering the Perspectives of the Core Clinical Laboratory and POCT | Learn more

Thursday, August 7, 2019 | 7:30APM - 10:00AM
17th Annual Point-of-Care Coordinators Forum POCT: From Research to the Clinical Setting
Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom E | Register

Challenging the Status Quo on Quality Control

A focus on patient risk is driving changes to old paradigms
By Kimberly Scott, Clinical Laboratory News, June 2019

Despite knowing that errors in testing can lead to serious patient harm, too many clinical laboratories are performing only the minimum amount of quality control (QC) required by regulation and recommended by manufacturers, leading some in the industry to call for labs to adopt more robust statistical quality control (SQC) approaches designed to focus on patient risk.

A recent study of current SQC practices in U.S. laboratories found that 21 leading academic laboratories surveyed typically employ two standard deviation (SD) control limits in spite of their known high false rejection rate. It also found that labs generally use a minimum number of control measurements per run (two) and often perform the minimum frequency of SQC, explained James Westgard, PhD, founder of Westgard QC (Am J Clin Pathol 2018;150:96-104). “Based on this survey, it appears that current QC practices are based on mere compliance to CLIA minimums, rather than the best practices for patient care,” Westgard said. Read more >

CPOCT Division Announces 2019 Awards!

Kathleen David - TriCore System POCT Manager is the 2019 Point of Care Coordinator of the Year

Kathleen is the POCT Manager at Tricore, responsible for general operation of assigned Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) at TriCore Sites: 15 hospitals and 140+ clinics. She manages the department and coordinates activities with other areas of the organization and with internal and external customers to ensure that quality standards are met.

She is responsible for ensuring service quality to the satisfaction of the hospital or client. She works closely with appropriate medical/scientific director(s), Site Managers and Rapid Response Lab (RRL) Director regarding decisions on matters relating to patient care, technical performance, quality and finances. She oversees and directs the efforts of POCT Coordinators to ensure goals and standards of the sponsors are met.

Rick Import - Whitehat Communications, is the 2019 recipient of the Outstanding Contributions to POCT Award!

Rick founded Whitehat Communications in 2008 to fill an educational need for Point-of-Care Coordinators (POCCs).

Prior to Whitehat, Rick led interactive and educational discussions at POC Groups throughout the country titled "Leadership Communication" which provided attendees with techniques and tips to improve their communications with their supervisors and operators using real-life issues in the lab and on the floor.

Rick formed Whitehat Communications with one sole purpose – to produce webinars for the hospital laboratory and point of care community across the U.S. that would provide educational sessions covering a wide range of timely and practical topics chosen by the POC groups themselves.

Mass Casualty Plan Puts POCT in the ED
Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY May 15, 2019

If a mass casualty event brings patients to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., clinical laboratory staff will head straight to the bedside. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is a level-one trauma center. Its new mass casualty response plan, two years in the making, has laboratory staff in the emergency department and triage areas, where they will perform point-of-care testing for frontline providers.

“Having medical lab scientists just sitting in the lab waiting for blood to come to them made no sense,” says laboratory director Lisa M. Griffin, BS, MT(ASCP). “Instead of keeping them away from where all the injured patients are, we decided to send the techs to them. It’s the best way to use the trained, professional human resources we already have.” Read more>

Low rated US Hospitals are deadlier due to mistakes, botched surgery, infections
Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY May 15, 2019

The Leapfrog Group's latest hospital safety rankings gave 168 US hospitals out of about 2,600 failing or near-failing grades, while about one-third got A grades. A report from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, based on the Leapfrog data, found about 160,000 people die a year from avoidable medical errors, down from 205,000 in 2016. Read more >

Glucose Meters: Current Regulatory Guidance for Manufacturers and Providers
April 2019, MLO, By Jeffrey A. DuBois

Therapeutic management of blood glucose in patients with diabetes in the home or in the hospital involves the use of glucose meters for the rapid assessment of whole blood glucose. On Oct. 11, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published guidance documents for glucose meters. These guidance documents are for manufacturers, not for providers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its designees provide accreditation (certification) for and oversight of provider compliance under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988. This is an important distinction for all stakeholders involved in the management of dysglycemia in hospitalized patients, many of who are on intensive insulin therapy to achieve safe and effective glycemic control.

The FDA guidance documents make a clear distinction between devices that are designed, cleared, and classified for self-monitoring of blood glucose in the home and devices that are designed, cleared, and classified for blood glucose monitoring for prescription point-of-care (POC) use. It took six years for the FDA to publish these guidance documents for manufacturers. Read more >

MLO Selects 2019 Lab of the Year!
Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health

Selecting a Lab of the Year is never an easy task thanks to the outstanding nominations MLO receives year after year. And since history tends to repeat itself, 2019 was no different. With much respect and admiration, MLO is proud to present the 2019 LOY winner: Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health Laboratory!

Located in Southern Pennsylvania, approximately 70 miles west of Philadelphia, sits Lancaster General Health Laboratory, part of Lancaster General Hospital (LGH). This 533-bed, nonprofit hospital is part of Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine, a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine). Read more >

Critical Points - AACC Critical and POCT News

The latest edition of the CPOCT Division Newsletter has been posted to the CPOCT Division webpage. Please navigate to the Division webpage within, or copy and paste this link below to take you directly

Highlights include: Division Awards Nominations and upcoming 2019 CPOCT division activities not to be missed!

POC Roundtable: Risks, Resources, Relationships
CAP Today, March 2019

Infection control and the heavy demands on point-of-care coordinators were among the top concerns that came up in a recent CAP TODAY roundtable on point-of-care glucose testing.

CAP Publisher Bob McGonnagle spoke with four POC testing experts: Sharon Geaghan, MD, Cynthia Bowman, MD, Steven Cotten, PhD, and Corinne Fantz, PhD. Read what they had to say...

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