Contact: Peter Patterson
(202) 835-8718
800-892-1400 ext. 1718
Email: ppatterson@aacc.org

Monday, January 9, 2012

Washington, DC, January 9, 2012 The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) presents a webinar, Body Fluid Testing in the Clinical Laboratory, to be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 2:00pm Eastern and lasting 90 minutes.

The analysis of body fluids presents unique and complicated challenges to the clinical laboratory. Samples can come into the laboratory from a wide variety of sources and the analytical process is often not standardized to the sample source and matrix. The issue can be complicated further as the clinical utility of the test requests is often uncertain. The webinar will address the pathogenesis of fluid accumulation and the clinical significance of testing chemistry analytes in non-standard body fluids; how to identify the potential barriers and regulatory requirements for non-standard body fluid testing; and strategies to validate body fluid testing and maintain regulatory compliance. The expert panel will review the first step in body fluid analysis, understanding why the test was ordered, as well as the test's clinical utility and significance, and outline practical approaches to performing body fluid testing.

The panel for the webinar is Deanna Franke, PhD, Clinical Scientist, Core Laboratory & Toxicology, Pathology Consultants of South Broward, LLP, Memorial Healthcare System, Hollywood, FL, and Darci Block, PhD, Co-Director, Central Clinical Laboratory & Central Processing, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. The webinar will be moderated by David G. Grenache, PhD, MT(ASCP), DABCC, Associate Professor of Pathology University of Utah; Medical Director, Special Chemistry, ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT.

AACC invites interested journalists to participate in the webinar where there will be an opportunity to question the panel. To register, complete and submit a Press Registration Form. For more information about the webinar or AACC, contact Peter Patterson by email or on either of the above phone numbers.

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