The fall meeting/vendor fair for 2005 was held at the
Doubletree Hotel in Alsip, Illinois on Wednesday, November 2
from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. The meeting was attended by 72
registered healthcare professionals as well as
representatives from the program sponsors and vendors:
Abbott, BD, Biostar, Biosite, CAP, Dade, Fisher, Hemosenc,
IL, JDI, MAS, Owen Mumford, Radiometer, Response Biomedical
The meeting commenced with opening remarks by Darlene Sobucki,
founder of the Tri-State POC Network. Members of the core
group include: Wendy Denk, Ingalls Hospital, Harvey, IL;
Gil Salas, Univ of Illinois Ė Chicago, Chicago, IL; Darlene
Sobucki, Advocate Trinity Ė Chicago and Advocate South
Suburban, Hazel Crest, IL. Darlene announced that this was
the last meeting she would be a member of the Core group and
that Joanne McEldowney, RN (UIC Ė Chicago) would assume her
position. Anyone interested in becoming involved in the
Core group was invited to talk to Joanne.
Our first speaker, Adam J. Singer, MD (sponsored by Abbott)
spoke on the Importance of POC in the ER. His
facility moved to POCT because of the delay in test results
from the main lab. He discussed the advantages and
disadvantages of POCT as well as the utility of testing. He
suggests you need to identify your needs and tailor your
POCT panel to those needs and that the ideal use of POCT is
when the result will determine what immediate
treatment/action should be. He feels that overall, POCT
reduces a patientís LOS. However, although the test results
were more rapid, the patientís stay in the ER did not change
due to the fact there was no transport to the units. He
also suggests reflexive orders to POCT, ie. Creat before a
CT with contrast or pregnancy test before an Xray.
A two and a half hour vendor fair followed. Many thanks to
the vendors who participated in the event, we hope to see
you again in 2006. As always, there were new devices and
kits that demonstrate the ever-changing field of POCT.
Following lunch, Rick Import (sponsored by MAS) presented
Part 1 of Leadership Communication for the POCC. The
following is Rickís perception of the POCC Profile:
attention to detail, efficient, organized, time efficient,
high standards, high expectations and wears lots of hats.
His presentation included listening skills for both one-way
communication and two-way communication and demonstrated how
a two-way communication, although harder to deliver and
takes more time, results in much more precise results. Our
biggest mistake is we make judgments too soon and try to
change the otherís perspective without knowing or seeking
the other personís perspective. There are different types
of listening: pretending, selective, attentive, reloading
and active. Active listening is four phases and provides
the most successful communication. Remember, understand
first, then be understood.
Part II of Rickís presentation was Be Understood.
Remember, itís not what you say but how you say it.
Sixty percent of communication is non-verbal, 30 percent is
sound and 10 percent words, so watch your body language!
The last presentation, Preparing POCT for a CAP
Accreditation Inspection, was presented by Danette
Pravidica, MS, MT(ASCP) from the College of American
Pathologists. She described the checklist reorganization
and discussed the unannounced survey process and how to
prepare for it. There will be more discussions with
supervisory and bench personnel, using probing and
open-ended questions, and observation to ensure practice
matches written procedure. There will also be selected test
audits of high and low volume tests and criticals.
Highlights: Electronic manuals are OK but the operator needs
to demonstrate how to obtain the manual. Rotate the staff
for the PT but not all are required to participate. Define
who can perform the tests. Write the expiration date on
vials if there is a change once opened/reconstituted.
Assess skills of operators. Blood gas syringes need to be
identified. Follow-up to all deficiencies,
including education challenges, is required.
As for the unannounced inspection, the inspection can occur
anytime during the 6 months prior to the anniversary date,
and begins with the reapplications sent January 2006. The
laboratory will not be aware of the identity of the
inspection team nor the day/date of the inspection, so be
sure to have others prepared to take over in your absence.
Finally, congratulations to those who won the numerous raffle
gifts! For the rest of us, weíll hope for better luck next