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From statistics to Quick Guides the AACC Store has it all
No attendance at the Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo would be complete without a stop at the AACC Store. Conveniently located along the Grand Concourse Lobby in the North Building of Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center, the store will be open all five days of the Expo, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on July 27 and 28; 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on July 29 and 30, and 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on July 31.
The AACC Store will be stocked with about 150 titles, but customers will be able to purchase any AACC Press product and arrange to have it shipped to their homes or offices. Included in the onsite inventory will be top sellers like Biological Variation: From Principles to Practice (Fraser); Pediatric Reference Intervals, 7th Ed. (Soldin et. al., editors), Point-of-Care Testing: Needs, Opportunity, and Innovation, 3rd Ed. (Price et. al., editors), and Quick Guide to Coagulation Testing, 2nd Ed. (Marques and Fritsma). Also available will be updated editions of two perennial favorites, Tietz Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, and Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests.
Three new titles also will be on display, Quick Guide to Designer Drugs (Williams et. al.), Quick Guide to Transfusion Medicine, 2nd Edition (Levine, et al), and Designing and Writing Scientific Research Papers (Annesley). In addition, the book store will offer a sneak peek of a book coming out in early fall, Global Point of Care: Strategies for Disasters, Emergencies, and Public Health Resilience (Kost and Curtis).
This year also marks the return of AACC: Effects on Clinical Laboratory Tests, a popular online database that can help you decide whether an unusual test result is due to pre-analytical variables, including drugs, disease or natural products. Now offered in partnership with Wiley, this phone- tablet- and desktop-compatible resource on more than 171,000 interactions will be demonstrated in the AACC Store.
In a bookstore first, you'll be able to show your AACC pride by purchasing an assortment of AACC-branded products, including t-shirts, mugs, hats, water bottles, Frisbees, and ties.
No trip to a bookstore would be complete without an author book signing, and that too is being offered this year. Respected laboratorian, author, educator, and scientist Dr. Alan Wu of San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California–San Francisco will be at the bookstore on Wednesday, July 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. to inscribe two of his books, The Hidden Assassin: When Clinical Lab Tests Go Awry and Toxicology! Because What You Don't Know Can Kill You.
To all of this we can only add a quote by 16th Century theologian Martin Luther: "There never yet have been, nor are there now, too many good books."
A Theater of Industry
Learning from the pros: IVD firms share knowledge, expertise
Our Industry Workshops program for years has offered specialized educational sessions by in vitro diagnostics industry partners in event hotels. At this year's AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo we are offering a new twist on Industry Workshops, with the introduction of the Industry Theater Workshops on the McCormick Place Convention Center Exhibit Hall floor. As Spotlight went to publication, five of these Workshops had been planned.
The program kicks off on July 29 at 12:00 p.m. with a presentation by Matt Modleski, vice-president of Stovall Grainger Modleski, a healthcare strategy and training consulting firm. In this hour-long session sponsored by Roche Diagnostics, Modleski, a retired decorated Air Force pilot with extensive experience in strategic leadership, management, and healthcare consulting, will look at how the value of laboratory services is changing in light of new payment models. Modleski will identify the key influencers in the new healthcare system, and offer strategies for developing collaborative relationships with them.
Later on July 29, Drs. Ted Earl Warkentin of Hamilton General Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, and Pau Bruguera from Biokit SA in Barcelona will consider clinical and laboratory aspects of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) diagnostics. During this session, which runs from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Drs. Warkentin and Bruguera will review the clinical manifestations of HIT and review current HIT testing methodologies and the essential components for implementing an automated HIT testing program.
On July 30 at 10:00 a.m. Roche Diagnostics is sponsoring a presentation about the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care's (SCPC) Chest Pain Care v5 (CPCv5) accreditation. Ruth Canto, RN, accreditation review specialist at SCPC, will discuss the troponin turnaround time documentation requirements for this newly released accreditation standard. CPCv5's overall focus is optimized resource utilization and improved patient outcomes, with specific attention to the low-risk patients that comprise 80% of the chest pain population seen in emergency settings.
In another session on July 30 at 12: p.m., Instrumentation Laboratory is sponsoring a presentation about developing and implementing individualized quality control programs (IQCP) in point-of-care (POC) testing. Dr. Sharon Ehrmeyer of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison will offer strategies for labs to leverage their current practices and technologies as a launching pad for POC-related IQCP. She also will describe how evaluating and implementing an IQCP improves efficiency and optimizes patient care.
Small dense low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in cardiovascular disease (CVD) prediction will be the focus of an Industry Theater Workshop sponsored by Denka Seiken on July 30 at 2:30 p.m. A panel of three speakers—Drs. Ernst Schaefer of Tufts University in Boston, Christie Ballantyne of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and Michael Tsai of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis—will present findings from three recent clinical trials focusing on the association of small, dense LDL-C and risk of incident CVD.