All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a FREE Gas Card!



Target Audience

Course Objectives

Continuing Education

Registration Fees

HealthFirst Registration Form

Hotel Information


Vendor Support


Planning Committee

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The Central Florida POC Group, Health First

& the Florida East Coast POC Group Invite You to...


Join Us for the
8th Annual Central Florida POC Conference and Vendor Fair

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Crowne Plaza Ocean Front Resort & Spa

2605 N. Highway A1A, Melbourne, FL 32903




Registration and Breakfast




"POCT Connectivity Technology

Advancements and Benefits"

Sean Field, President/CEO

Laboratory Data Systems, Inc. (LDS)




"Prevention of Preanalytical Error

in Blood Gas Analysis"

John J. Ancy, MA, RRT, Senior Clinical Consultant Instrumentation Laboratory

Objectives are to examine and discuss:

  • Incidence of Preanalytical Error in Blood Gas analysis

  • Total Error Concept Handling Effects on Blood Gases, Electrolytes & Metabolytes

  • Sources of Error

  • Recommendations for Error Prevention

  • Case Studies


Vendor Displays


Lunch and Vendor Displays


"Emotional Intelligence"

Mary Martinolich Manager, Organizational Development Health First Center for Learning

This session will describe:

  • Basic concepts of emotional intelligence

  • Identify the role emotions have on job performance

  • Identify the benefits of emotional intelligence in the workplace


Closing Remarks



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Target Audience

  • POCT Coordinators, Lab  Managers/ Directors, Medical Technologists, Respiratory Care Providers and Nurses involved with POCT

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Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Compare benefits and drawbacks to various POC technologies

  • Discuss methods for benchmarking specific point-of-care needs

  • Examine the incidence of Preanalytical Error in blood gas analysis

  • Describe recommendations for error prevention

  • Describe the basic concepts of emotional intelligence

  • Identify the role emotions have on job performance

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Continuing Education Information


This program has been approved for continuing education by the following:

  • Laboratory: 3.0 hours
    Provider # JP0000046

  • FL Board of Respiratory Therapists: 4.0 CRCEs
    FBRC Provider # RCE 99

  • Florida State Board of Nursing: 4.0 hours
    HF Provider # NCE 2046

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Registration Fees


Fee includes course materials, breakfast and lunch:

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Hotel Information

  • There will be a block of 10 rooms set up at the Crowne Plaza for the 10/16/08 Health First POCT Conference at $119.00 a night for a King or 2 double beds.

  • Give POC Code to get the rate.

  • This rate is good for 2 days prior to conference and 2 days after - 10/14/08-10/18/08

  • Must book by 9/30/08 to get this rate.

  • All reservations must be received no later than 3:00PM on this date.

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Directions from I-95

  • Take Exit 183 onto Highway 518, Eau Gallie Blvd.

  • Go East on the Causeway to Route A1A.

  • Go South approximately one-half mile.

  • The hotel is on the left.

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Directions from Melbourne International Airport

  • Head West on Air Terminal Parkway toward Harry Sutton Road.

  • Turn left onto W. Nasa Blvd.

  • Turn right onto S. Harbor City Blvd / US 1.

  • Turn left onto E. Strawbridge Ave ./ US-192, cross the causeway and then turn left onto Highway A1A

  • The hotel will be on the right

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Vendor Support


To access a vendor letter and information needed to secure a table at this meeting... click here.


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  • Health First Laboratory Services

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Planning Committee

  • Edwina Szelag, MHM, BSMT(ASCP), POCT Coordinator,
    Health First, Inc. HRMC

  • Cheryl Stumbo, MSN, RN BC, CRRN
    Clinical Education Practitioner
    Health First Center for Learning

  • Bea Conrad, Education Coordinator
    Health First Center for Learning

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