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Denise Danzi-Rotolo
Highland Hospital  

Vice President
Michele Heckler, Strong Memorial

Valerie McDowell
Veterans Hospital, Buffalo, NY

Cheryl Conkling
Centrex Clinical Laboratories
New Hartford, NY

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July 12, 2004-Upstate New York

POCT Summer Meeting


The meeting began with attendee introductions:

  • Ruth Olschewski, Newark Wayne Community Hospital Barbara Roach,Kaleida Health Millard Fillmore Gates

  • Tracy Fontaine-Matteson, U of R Strong Memorial Hospital Clinical Labs

  • Diana McGee, Unity Health/ACM lab,

  • Gretchen Smith, ViaHealth Rochester General Hospital

  • Denise Danzi-Rotolo, Strong Health/Highland Division

  • Cheryl Conkling, Centrex Laboratories.

Old minutes were then reviewed and excepted.


Joint Commission Survey-"Trace Method"
Presented by Gretchen Smith

  • Viewed person performing a patient glucose

  • Asked the operator to view the patient's chart

  • Asked to see the operator's competency assessment

  • Is QC reviewed daily by a qualitfied person?

  • Peds and Nursery Units, are the units for the test result recorded with a normal range

  • Color blind test performed on all operator's performing POCT (urine dips)

  • The information that Gretchen presented was very useful for the others who are looking at an inspection in the near future.


PT/PTT INR Testing

Presented by DeeAnn Pattison Hulse

Regional Business Manager from Hemosense

  • Dee Ann demonstrated the Instrument INRation Prothrombin Time Monitoring System

  • Result in under 2 minutes, using one drop of whole blood from a fingerstick

  • FDA cleared,

  • CLIA Waived

  • Medicare reimbursable

  • Memory stores up to 60 test results

  • On board quality control verfifies each test result.

At this time there is no data management system in place. But Denise stated the company is working on this.


Next meeting October 18th at Highland Hospital in Rochester from 2-5pm


Interested in joining us, please contact Denise Danzi-Rotolo at Strong Health/Highland Division by e-mail:  or phone: 585-341-8458.

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