Our Summer Meeting was

Friday, June 3, 2016


CarolinaEast Medical Center

in Historic New Bern, NC


North Carolina POC Network President Tina Koonce, from Onslow Memorial Hospital, welcomed attendees to the Summer meeting held at CarolinaEast Medical Center in historic New Bern, NC on Friday, June 3, 2016.



Thank you to CarolinaEast POCC Jennifer Parsons for hosting the meeting, managing the RSVPs and providing the venue.


Thanks also to Abbott for providing the lunch for this meeting.


Sepsis Presentation
Kirchick discussed sepsis including the decrease of mortality due to early detection and why biomarkers tested by the laboratory or point of care are an essential part of diagnosis.


Sepsis is a serious medical condition caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. Immune chemicals released into the blood to combat the infection trigger widespread inflammation, which leads to blood clots and leaky vessels. This results in impaired blood flow, which damages the body’s organs by depriving them of nutrients and oxygen.

In severe cases, one or more organs fail. In the worst cases, blood pressure drops, the heart weakens and the patient spirals toward septic shock. Once this happens, multiple organs—lungs, kidneys, liver—may quickly fail and the patient can die.

Sepsis is a major challenge in the intensive care unit, where it’s one of the leading causes of death. It arises unpredictably and can progress rapidly.


CLIA Presentation

Paul Williams, a Laboratory Consultant from CLIA facilitated “Hot Topics” which included attracting the next generation to careers in laboratory medicine.


Roundtable Discussions

Our roundtable discussion allowed coordinators to discuss current challenges in point of care testing:   Staffing and workload among growing point of care testing, testing personnel requirements, provider performed testing, and lack of compliance despite great efforts.

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