Contact: Peter Patterson
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Email: ppatterson@aacc.org

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Washington, DC – September 13, 2011     The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announces a webinar, Justifying POCT in the ED: A Group A Strep Testing Case Study, to be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 2:00pm Eastern. The webinar will last 60 minutes.

More than one-third of U.S. children who present at their primary care physician or the emergency department complaining of a sore throat are diagnosed with a group A Streptococcus (GAS) infection. Classic symptoms of a GAS infection include a fever over 101°F and telltale white or yellow spots coating the throat or tonsils. However, when the patient’s symptoms are less specific, the condition is difficult to diagnose definitively without laboratory testing, and even in cases where the most common symptoms are present, lab testing is frequently used to confirm a diagnosis based on clinical findings. Although culture is still the gold standard for diagnosing a GAS infection, rapid antigen detection tests (RADTs) have found their niche in the testing protocols at many institutions. However, does it make sense financially and clinically to use RADTs at the point of care? During this program, a point-of-care coordinator, a laboratory director and an emergency department doctor from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN will discuss why and how they implemented RADT in their pediatric hospital emergency departments.

The expert panel from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota includes Kerstin Halverson, MS, Point of Care Coordinator, Donna M. Milner, MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Emergency Department, and Susan Simonton, MD, Director of Clinical Laboratories. The group will discuss how they used LEAN techniques to evaluate the throughput in its Emergency Departments and the role rapid strep A testing has played in reducing ED length-of-stay. They will also discuss recommendations on how best to diagnose and manage group A strep from organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

AACC invites journalists reporting on point-of-care testing to attend the webinar.  For a complimentary registration, 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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