Point-of-Care Testing Pathway

If you are interested in learning more about point-of-care testing, check out these sessions at the all-virtual 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo.

Sunday

191004 Rise and Shine! The Essential Elements of a Point-of-Care Testing Boot Camp (Part One)

This session will focus on important elements of procedure writing, including process mapping and training and competency assessments of testing personnel. The importance of building clinical partnerships for successful point-of-care testing delivery will be incorporated. Lectures will include audience response (polls) and a breakout session will add hands-on table exercises. (See Part Two for focus areas in the afternoon bootcamp session). Learn more.

192009 Afternoon Reveille! Continuing the Essential Elements of a Point-of-Care Testing Boot Camp (Part Two)

This session will focus on important elements of integrating quality management into point-of-care testing (POCT), creating strong multidisciplinary team communications and integrating POCT connectivity. The importance of building clinical partnerships for successful POCT delivery will be incorporated. Lectures will include audience response (polls) and a breakout session will add hands-on table exercises. (See Part One for focus areas in the morning boot camp session). Learn more.

Monday

32104 Governance in the Increasingly Complex World of Point-of-Care Testing

This session will describe the challenges of point-of-care testing (POCT) from the perspective of POCT governance at medical institutions. Emphasis will be placed on discussing how different POCT governance methodologies are necessary given the current state of a variable, rapidly changing clinical environment existing within a relatively stagnant regulatory environment. This session will also delve into how informatics and analytics solutions can enhance the management and governance of POCT. Learn more.

Tuesday

33228 Point-of-Care Hemoglobin A1c: Should We Use It to Diagnose Diabetes?

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recommended hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) for diagnosis of diabetes since 2010. Currently, the ADA cautions that point-of-care testing (POCT) devices for HbA1c should not be used for diabetes screening or diagnosis. Nevertheless, some advocate for use of POCT HbA1c devices for diagnosis and the topic remains controversial. The purpose of this symposium is to provide a current perspective on these issues. Learn more.

33107 Management of Point-of-Care Testing: An AACC Academy Guidance Document

This session will highlight recommendations from the latest revision of the AACC Academy LMPG for the management of POCT. The guideline was first published in 2006, and this revision summarizes the recent literature on best practices for management of POCT. Learn more.

Wednesday

34108 Point-Counterpoint: A Debate On The Need For Point-Of-Care Troponin Testing

The clinical utility and the need of using a conventional cardiac Troponin (cTn) test is a matter of debate in the era of high sensitivity (hs) cTn assay. Currently, there are no hand-held hs-POC cTn testing devices available on the market. This session will use debate formats presented by the thought leaders in both Emergency Medicine and Laboratory Medicine to address many important questions regarding the technical, clinical, and practical aspects of POC cTn assays. When the formal debate is finished, the audience will be given an opportunity to ask questions and to contribute their own thoughts and opinions on the arguments presented. The key points of the debate will be summarized and the future directions and recommendations on the hs POC cTn assays will also be presented. Learn more.

34230 The Total Testing Process: Collaboration Between Laboratory Medicine and Emergency Medicine to Ensure Quality Testing

Annually, 145 million patients are seen in the Emergency Department (ED). Among these, 22 million, arrive by ambulance. These patients may receive interventions during transport that can affect accurate laboratory testing. The prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) setting is a unique environment for near care testing. However, EMS clinicians often lack needed point-of-care resources and protocols to guide sample collection and testing that are important to laboratorians. This session will describe the total testing process for patients during transport and in the ED including the pre-analytical challenges associated with patients who are acutely ill or injured and arrive via ambulance. We will describe analytical challenges presented in uncontrolled environments such as EMS, and the collaborative role that the clinical laboratory and emergency medicine play to reduce testing errors. We will use an interactive, case-based approach. Learn more.

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