Core Group Members:
Cheryl Desmond Mayo/St. Luke's Hospital
Kim Fowler
Orange Park Medical Center
Jenny Huxford
St. Vincent's Medical Center
Olga Ryan
Shands Medical Center-Jacksonville

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FIRST COAST POC Group

Large Turnout Learns about Competency Assessment, Method Validation and POCT Microbiology!

More than 30 people attended the inaugural meeting of the First Coast POC Group on Friday, December 5, 2003 at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.
Meeting topics included:
  1. Developing a Comprehensive POCT Competency Assessment Program
  2. Method Validation Studies -
    It's a Jungle Out There!
  3. Point of Care Testing and Microbiology
  4. Business Meeting

Mary Anne Hauser
Roche Diagnostics

This meeting was sponsored by Roche Diagnostics and made possible in large part due to the efforts of Mary Anne Hauser, Roche Senior Sales Consultant, Hospitals.

Developing a Comprehensive POCT Competency Assessment Program

Marcy Anderson, MS, MT(ASCP) of Medical Automation Systems, and the current co-chair of the AACC Critical and Point of Care Testing Division,  led this interactive talk and provided the steps necessary to develop a competency assessment program. To view Marcy's presentation  or Competency Test example, right click on the appropriate link below, choose 'Save Target As' and save the file to your hard drive.

Marcy Anderson
Medical Automation Systems

Developing a Comprehensive POCT
Competency Testing Program (484KB)
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Blood Glucose Monitor for Competency Test (PDF)
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this file.  If you do not have Acrobat installed on your computer, click here to download it..


Method Validation Studies - It's a Jungle Out There!

Susan Ramsey of Roche discussed the basic components of method validation studies as well as how to a study including accuracy studies.

To view Susan's presentation, right click on the link below, choose 'Save Target As' and save the file to your hard drive.

Method Validation - 
It's Jungle Out There (211KB)
Note: Download times will vary

Susan Ramsey
Roche Diagnostics

Point of Care Testing and Microbiology

Dr. Yvette McCarter closed out the meeting with an engaging presentation on POCT Microbiology.  Among her discussion points were; Why do we need it?; What to consider?; and Diagnosis of various micro tests. To view Dr. McCarter's presentation, right click on the link below, choose 'Save Target As' and save the file to your hard drive.

Point of Care Microbiology (11.0MB)
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Yvette S. McCarter
University of Florida Health Science Center


Business Meeting Highlights

Mary Anne Hauser led the business meeting portion of the day.  From the meeting, the following individuals volunteered to act as the First Coast Core Group and will begin plans for the group's next meeting in April 2004:

  • Cheryl Desmond, Mayo/St. Luke's Hospital
  • Kim Fowler, Orange Park Medical Center
  • Jenny Huxford, St. Vincent's Medical Center
  • Olga Ryan, Shands Medical Center-Jacksonville

The date, time and topic for the next meeting will be posted on this web site soon, so be sure to check back often.

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