May 10, 2011:

“Improving POCT Compliance:

From Websites to Communication”

Presented by: Jim Nichols, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB


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Summary: More than 130 people attended this webinar that discussed POCT compliance and strategies to improve staff conformance with institutional policies. Problems with POCT QC, temperature monitoring, and action plans will be emphasized with ways to enhance conformity through communication and changes to the overall POCT program. Development of a POCT website will be focused as one means of disseminating information and moving to a paperless program.


Objectives: After viewing this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify common compliance issues with POCT programs

  • Discuss strategies to improve POCT compliance

  • Develop a simple POCT website using Microsoft Word

Vendor Sponsors: Alere; Eurotrol; MAS; Radiometer; Siemens

About the Presenter: Jim Nichols is a Professor of Pathology at Tufts University School of Medicine and Medical Director, Clinical Chemistry for Bay State Health in Springfield, MA. Jim received his B.A. in General Biology/Pre-medicine from Revelle College, University of California at San Diego. He went on to complete a Masters and Doctorate in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Nichols was a fellow in the Postdoctoral Training Program in Clinical Chemistry at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. He is board certified in both Clinical Chemistry and Toxicological Chemistry by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. Dr. Nichols spent several years as Associate Director of Clinical Chemistry, Director of Point-of-Care Testing, and an Associate Professor of Pathology at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions prior to moving to Massachusetts. Bay State Health includes Franklin Medical Center, Mary Lane Hospital and Bay State Medical Center, a leading acute care center in New England. Jim is responsible for Clinical Chemistry including core automated chemistry, immunoassay, endocrinology, toxicology/therapeutic drug analysis, estoteric and point of care testing conducted through Bay State Reference Laboratories, one of America’s largest hospital-based outreach programs. Dr. Nichols’ research interests span evidence-based medicine, information management, laboratory automation, point-of-care testing and toxicology.

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