As a CPOCT Division member, you’re probably aware of the many resources available to you through the AACC. Things like educational and networking opportunities that can connect you with colleagues in the real and virtual worlds. And if you’ve been in point-of-care testing for awhile, you may also be aware of some of the many other resources available.
Although there are too many to list, we tried to summarize some of those resources, and with your help, ones we may have missed will be listed in future issues of Critical Points.
Sponsored and maintained by Radiometer, acutecaretesting.org bridges the gap between scientific publications and daily practice with information – from users to users – on the daily issues surrounding acute care testing. Content is provided by healthcare professionals around the world, including key opinion leaders, lab managers, point-of-care coordinators, physicians and nurses. Registration is free, and users have the option of subscribing to a quarterly electronically newsletter.
ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory
Available online and in print ADVANCE for Administrators of the Lab provides articles and news in areas such as pathology, chemistry, microbiology, automation, and safety to an audience of 29,400.
Available online and in print, CAP Today, published by the College of American Pathologists, brings essential news to key decision-makers responsible for clinical laboratory purchases. This news includes advances in tests and equipment, trends in management and clinical operation, regulatory changes, and finance, plus news about the laboratory improvement programs of the College of American Pathologists. www.cap.org
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI)
CLSI is a global, nonprofit, standards-developing organization that promotes the development and use of voluntary consensus standards and guidelines within the health care community. CLSI documents provide invaluable tools that allow distinct—yet inseparable—constituencies to meet their health care responsibilities with efficiency, effectiveness, and global acceptance. www.clsi.org
Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology
This vital resource is written for directors and managers of large and small hospital pathology labs, blood centers, home health-care agencies, doctors’ offices, and other healthcare facilities. Each issue brings you peer-reviewed original research articles, along with concepts, technologies and trends, covering topics that include: Test accuracy; Turnaround time; Data management; Quality control; Regulatory compliance; and Cost-effectiveness of testing.
This website, launched in 1999, and still sponsored and maintained by Medical Automation Systems, provides a comprehensive ‘one stop shop’ for anyone involved in point-of-care testing. This site summarizes many of the articles that appear in professional journals (with links to the complete article), news from POC device vendors, events related to POCT, and much, much more.
Point-of-Care (POC) Regional Meeting Groups
Did you know more than 30 POC groups exist throughout the country and cover virtually every state and region? These groups typically include 30-40 ‘members’ (some groups have membership fees others do not) that meet 1, 2 or 3 times per year at either a hospital or hotel, with events sponsored and supported by POC vendors. Each group also has their own web page on www.pointofcare.net where they can announce upcoming meetings, recap prior meetings, and post photos. In addition to face-to-face meetings, many groups also hold multiple webinars throughout to learn about current trends and topics. www.pointofcare.net
Okay, what did we miss?
We know there alot more online, in print and events that provide POCCs with valuable resource opportunities. Besides the ones we’ve listed, we want to know what else you feel, or use, as a resource for POCT. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll publish your suggestions in future issues of Critical Points.