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New test diagnoses Lyme disease
within 15 minutes

MLO, October 2019

Some 300,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year. Caused by Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted by the bite of infected Ixodes ticks, the disease if left untreated can cause serious neurologic, cardiac, and/or rheumatologic complications.

Current testing for Lyme disease, called the standard 2-tiered approach or the STT, involves running two complex assays (ELISA and western blot) to detect antibodies against the bacterium, and requires experienced personnel in a lab, and a few hours to carry out and interpret. A team led by Sam Sia, professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a rapid microfluidic test that can detect Lyme disease with similar performance as the STT in a much shorter time—15 minutes. Read more >

The New Wave of Diabetes Management

Monitoring Technologies Surge as Disease Prevalence Mounts
By Whitney J. Palmer, Clinical Laboratory News, October 2019

Big data and bioengineering advances are fueling rapid changes in diabetes technologies, which offer the promise of better self-management and quality of life for individuals with the disease, and easier care oversight by physicians. With the incidence of diabetes rising, these innovations are coming into use when “the ability of an individual living with diabetes to have human-to-human contact with their healthcare provider is not keeping pace with the number of people developing diabetes,” according to a recent review. Read more >

New Requirements for Molecular
Micro Waived Testing

By Karen Lusky, CAP Today, September 2019

Four new checklist requirements for waived molecular-based microbiology tests have been added to the CAP point-of-care testing, limited service laboratory, and immunology accreditation program checklists, as part of the 2019 checklist edition released this month.

“The CAP has decided to improve patient care by providing additional safeguards that wouldn’t necessarily be performed otherwise,” says Bobbi Pritt, MD, MSc, DTM&H, chair of the CAP Microbiology Committee and professor, Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine.

Dr. Pritt and other members of the Microbiology Committee have noticed that even though the new cartridge-based waived molecular tests are self-contained, and the risk for nucleic acid leakage and contamination is low, nucleic acid contamination can occur. Read more >

2019 Point of Care Testing Boot Camp and Beyond: Communicating, Connecting, and Collaborating

Credit: 7.0 ACCENT Credits
Date: NOV.8.2019 8:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Demand continues to grow for rapid diagnostics (point-of-care testing) making it necessary for more healthcare professionals to be trained, and to able to train others, in point-of-care testing (POCT). This event focuses on skills and tools to successfully communicate, connect, and collaborate with POCT staff and management successfully in any patient care setting.

Whether new to POCT or a POCT veteran, attendees will gain new insights and skills at this highly interactive and engaging event. The faculty will consist of experts who have tackled and overcome the unique challenges and requirements of POCT in their own professional careers.

Several value added interactive group activities are featured in this program, intended to arm attendees with greater confidence and skills to collaborate and resolve POCT-related issues with their healthcare colleagues.

Registration Includes:

  • 6 informative sessions with experts in the POC field

  • 4 interactive breakout sessions (1 new, hour-long breakout added for 2019)

  • Interactive workbook with resources and reference materials

  • Early access to presentations online for download

  • Personalized feedback and interaction with the experts

  • Networking opportunities with peers in your field

  • Breakfast, lunch, and 2 snack breaks

  • 7 ACCENT Continuing Education credits

Register Today!

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