Join us on Friday, April 20, 2018


Mary Immaculate Hospital

Health Resource Center | Newport News, VA 23602


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900am Introductions


Why Knowing Now Matters

in the Emergency Department

Ellis Jacobs, PhD, DABCC, FAACC, Director,

Scientific Affairs, Abbott Rapid Diagnostics


There have been significant increases in emergency room visits across the US and delays in the ED leads to poor outcomes. There is an association between waiting times and short term mortality and hospital admission. Laboratory turnaround time can impact ED operations and, based on simulation modeling, the best performance is predicted when the TAT is 40 minutes or less. The needs of every ED are different and this presentation will look at the impact of Point of Care testing on the provision of medical care and ED operations in three clinical conditions: chest pain (cardiac), sepsis (critical care) and infectious diseases.

10:15am Break


Implementing a

Novel Point-of-Care Test

Marcia L. Zucker, PhD, ZIVD, LLC


The idea of introducing additional POC tests in a facility can be daunting.  There is a lot of confusion surrounding which evaluations and tasks are actually required by CLIA regulations and by accrediting agencies.  This presentation is intended to address the laundry list of items required by CLIA regulations to allow the compliant, efficient implementation of a POCT.

12:00pm Lunch and Elections

POCT Options and Decisions

in the HIDU
Daniel J. Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ) 

Hospitals across the United States quickly organized Highly Infectious Disease Units to treat Ebola patients back in 2014. Many decisions were made about where testing will be performed, what instrumentation will be used, and how staff would protect themselves in the process. Four years later, the dust has settled, but the CDC and individual states still have specific ideas about how to be ready for the next dangerous pathogen. Those changes include updated recommendations about PPE, a modified test menu, and new ideas about the “point of care.” In this presentation participants will discuss specific safety and POCT issues and learn how to make best practice decisions in the HIDU setting.


As a member of the National Speaker’s Association, Dan understands the importance of engaging the audience in a way to make sure the material given is not forgotten. His presentation ratings remain consistently high, and he will use those professional speaking techniques to make your event come alive.

2:15pm Roundtable Discussions
3:15pm Business Meeting, Election Results, Wrap Up
3:45pm Adjourn


Via Email

Lisa Durish

Fee The fee to attend this meeting is $20 or you can become a VAPOCC member (which waives meeting fees and gives you voting privileges) during the meeting for $25.
Vendor Sponsorships
Via Email Debbie Howard
  Sponsorships are available for lunch and breaks.



Mary Immaculate Hospital

Health Resource Center

2 Bernardine Drive | Newport News, VA 23602



Note: The Health Resource Center is not attached to the Main Hospital.

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