Point of Care 'Hot Seat' CAP Playbook and Vendor Fair

Treasurers, Shelia Cruthis and Kim Ballister, along with Marti Strickland obviously had great fun planning and hosting our fall meeting. The theme of the day was “Tailgate Party” and all were encouraged to where their favorite team jerseys. Many teams were represented.


While enjoying a delicious breakfast sponsored by Biosite Inverness, Jill Pegram, Laboratory Director Moses Cone Health System, extended a warm welcome to the group members.



Mission Statement:

Sherry Gant asked for input and compiled a mission statement for our group: The purpose of the NC POC Network is to form a collaborative network of Point-of-Care Coordinators who face the unique challenges presented by the growth of Point of Care testing.  Members willingly share an open exchange of program practices, ideas, and adherence to regulatory guidelines.


Business Meeting:

The business meeting included a treasurers’ report as follows:

  • Collected dues - $260

  • Expenses - $3144

  • Vendor Support - $4960

  • Balance - $5603

Morning Session:

We put our vendors on the hot seat! Vendors were allowed to sign up for 15 minute time slots and give as much information about new products, reagents, and instrumentation. Q&A’s followed with lots of informative, relevant discussion. Companies represented were:

  • Radiometer

  • Nova Biomedical

  • Chempaq

  • Infolab

  • TelCor

  • Epocal

  • RAMP

  • AegisPOC Lab Data System

Lunch Break:

Lunch was provided by Roche Diagnostics and RNA Medical. We all enjoyed tailgating and checking out the vendor fair.


Afternoon Session:

Rodney Stewart, Lead inspection Specialist, from the CAP, gave an enlightening view of CAP regulations as applied to the POCT realm. As we all know, this is complicated at best with interpretation varying greatly. Bottom line, CLIA ’88 still rules our world. And we, as POC coordinators, struggle daily to comply with these regulations as well as generate innovative ideas to be on the forefront of technology.


Spring 2009 Meeting:

We look forward to our spring meeting Friday March 27th, 2009 at Carolina Medical Center –Union in Monroe, NC.

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