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2011 AACC Annual Meeting CPOCT-Related
and Other Events of Interest

Sunday, July 24

Full Day Short Course
Hot Topics in Point-of-Care Testing
10:30am-4:00pm

AACC Members Save $55.00!
Non-Member Price: $315.00, Your Price: $260.00
To register click here.

Moderator/Speaker: James Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FACB, Baystate Health, Springfield, MA, College of American Pathologists

Level: Intermediate
CE Hours: 1.5 & 2.5

Intended Audience: This session is intended for pathologists, physicians, laboratory directors, point-of-care coordinators, industry, government regulators, and others involved in point-of-care testing.

Overview: This session will discuss new and changing point-of-care testing regulations and guidelines. In addition, the discussion will cover implementation of POCT in critical care and improving patient outcomes, Australian POCT delivery models, and home healthcare, and a new POCT Tool Kit resource from CAP.

Expected Outcomes: After attending this session, participants will be able to:
1) comply with updated CLIAC Proficiency Testing recommendations and CLSI guidelines for QC Based on Risk Management;
2) explore new devices and testing available for critical care;
3) implement POCT technologies to improve outcomes in the hospital;
4) discuss Australian POCT delivery models inprimary care or the medical home; and 5) use the new CAP POCT Tool Kit as a resource.

Morning Speakers
Expansion of Testing in Critical Care

William Clarke, PhD, MBA, DABCC, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD

POCT in Australia - Delivering Efficient and Effective Testing to Primary Care
Andrew St. John, PhD, MAACB, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Mt Lawley, W Australia, Australia

Afternoon Speakers
New and Changing U.S. Guidelines and Regulations

James Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FACB, Baystate Health, Springfield, MA

The College of American Pathologists POCT Tool Kit
Cynthia Bowman, MD, FCAP, Hope, ME

Implementing Point-of-Care Testing to Improve Outcomes

Kent Lewandrowski, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

Opening Plenary Session
Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Fulfilling a Promise of Personalized Genomic Medicine

5:00pm-6:30pm

Speaker: Mary-Claire King, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle

Level: Basic
CE Hours: 1

Intended Audience: This session is intended for pathologists, physicians, lab directors, clinical chemists, technologists, IVD industry scientists, and laboratory consultants.

Overview: The discovery of the BRCA1 gene and its use in understanding the role of genetics in the development of breast and ovarian cancer will be presented. Further, Dr. King will discuss its role in offering new diagnostic strategies for women in families at high risk for developing breast cancer.

Expected Outcomes: After attending this session, participants will be able to:
1) explain the relationship of BRCA1 gene mutations to the development of breast and ovarian cancer;
2) utilize this technology to help patients who have a family history of either breast or ovarian cancer; and
3) use this information to look critically at possible genetic links to other familial cancers.

Opening Mixer
Hyatt Regency Hotel Centennial Ballroom
6:45pm - 8:00pm

Mingle with your colleagues at the Opening Mixer in the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The session is scheduled for Sunday, July 24, from 6:45pm until 8:00pm, after the Opening Plenary session.

Monday, July 25

Afternoon Short Course
How Do We Achieve Concordance Between POCT and Central Lab Tests

2:30pm-5:00pm
AACC Members Save $55.00!
Non-Member Price: $315.00, Your Price: $260.00
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Moderator/Speaker: Jeffrey DuBois, PhD, MBA, C(ASCP)SC, FACB, Nova Biomedical Corporation, Waltham, MA
Level: Intermediate
CE Hours: 2.5

Intended Audience: This session is intended for clinicians, pathologists, lab directors, clinical chemists, technologists, nurses, physicians and IVD industry scientists.

Overview: This course will review important issues and considerations for three key laboratory tests that are widely performed both in the central lab as well as the POCT environment (glucose, creatinine, hemoglobin A1c). Presentations will: (1)review key concepts such as medical concordance and how these tests are impacted; (2)present new statistical methods for evaluating test methods; and (3)define approaches to achieving concordance between central lab and POCT. Speakers will present historical, current, and future status of testing in each space, present statistical methods appropriate for assessment of concordance for each analyte, and define factors that contribute to medical discordance, with recommendations on how to achieve improved concordance.

Expected Outcomes: After attending this session, participants will be able to:
1) list common sources of error affecting POCT;
2)define key sources of discordance between lab and POCT methods for each of the analytes reviewed (glucose, creatinine, hemoglobin A1c);
3 ) list ramifications and key error sources associated with the lab, clinicians, and patients in the relevant populations; and
4)discuss how to achieve concordance between the central lab and POCT.

Afternoon Speakers
Introduction and Wrap-up

Jeffrey DuBois, PhD, MBA, C(ASCP)SC, FACB, Nova Biomedical Corporation, Waltham, MA

Are Glucose Meters Accurate and Precise Enough to Meet Clinical Needs?
Martha Lyon, PhD, DABCC, FACB, Alberta Children’s Hospital/Calgary Laboratory Services, Canada

POCT for Creatine: Challenges and Benefits
William Clarke, PhD, MBA, DABCC, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD

Use of Hemoglbin A1c - Reality or Fantasy?
Erna Lenters-Westra, Ing, Isala Klinieken, Zwolle, Netherlands

Brown Bag Sessions
Optimizing Accuracy for POCT in Specific Clinical Settings

7:30am-8:30am
12:30pm-1:30pm

For 7:30am registration, click here.
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Monitoring Heparin Anticoagulation: Should We Measure Effect or Concentration?
7:30am-8:30am and 12:30pm-1:30pm

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Brown Bag Sessions are small discussion groups, early morning or during lunchtime, that provide an opportunity for intimate and active exchange among participants and noted experts in the field.

Tuesday, July 26
Clinical Lab Expo

9:30am-5:00pm
Georgia World Congress Center


To help you navigate your way through the AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo, use the AACC Pathfinder

AACC Pathfinder can help you create a personalize itinerary for the meeting by placing your preregistered courses onto your schedule as well as allow you to choose which exhibitors you would like to visit.

It is the mechanism you use to search for exhibiting companies and the products offered by them. Keyword searches allow you to choose which Annual Meeting sessions might be of interest to you or which exhibitors might be ones you need to see.

Add to your schedule your own personal events, - dinners, meetings, division networking opportunities, however you want to schedule your time during the meeting. It is all up to you!

AACC Pathfinder is also a mobile application, web based so that all devices may use it...an easy way to take your schedule with you. You can also download your schedule to your Microsoft Outlook calendar system. AACC Pathfinder is designed to make your Annual Meeting experience personalized and customized.

To access the AACC Pathfinder, click here.

Expo Only Fees and Badges
Registrations received after June 9, 2011 require payment of $25 per person.
Expo Only registration includes Exhibit Hall Admission only. Expo Only registrants may not attend or purchase tickets for any educational sessions, including Poster sessions and Plenary sessions.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

Expo Only badges will be mailed to all US registrants if registration is received on or before June 9, 2011. All other registrants will be able to pick up badges at the Georgia World Congress Center.


CPOCT Annual Membership Meeting and Mixer

5:00pm-8:00pm
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Ballroom A601/602

Join your CPOCT Division colleagues for a brief membership meeting followed by recognition of sponsors and the introduction of the 2011 POCC of the Year, as determined by the CPOCT Awards Committee.

This award, sponsored by Lifescan, recognizes outstanding achievements in the POCT field by a person primarily responsible for an institution’s POCT program and consists of a glass trophy, $500 cash and funding of up to $1,350 for travel and attendance expenses at the AACC annual meeting.


AfterGlow - The POCC Social of the Year

8:00pm-10:30pm
Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Ballroom A

The Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina POCC groups are proud to host this annual event immediately following, and in a room right next to, the AACC CPOCT Division awards ceremony and mixer. 

AfterGlow is a free event for point-of-care coordinators and is only made possible by the generous financial support of AACC and point-of-care vendors, and for that we are extremely grateful and thankful.

Space is limited - To reserve your ticket to AfterGlow, click here

Wednesday, July 27
Clinical Lab Expo

9:30am-5:00pm Georgia World Congress Center

Brown Bag Sessions
Reporting POCT Results - LIS or eMR

7:30am-8:30am and 12:30pm-1:30pm

Brown Bag Sessions are small discussion groups, early morning or during lunchtime, that provide an opportunity for intimate and active exchange among participants and noted experts in the field.

For 7:30am registration, click here.
For 12:30pm registration, click here

Thursday, July 28
Clinical Lab Expo

9:30am-2:00pm Georgia World Congress Center

9th Annual POCC Forum
Infection Control: Preventing Occupational and Patient Cross Contamination at the Point-of-Care

Georgia World Congress Center, Rooms B405-B406
7:30am-10:00am

This year’s POCC Forum is for all healthcare professionals, including those who perform or manage point-of-care testing and are therefore critical to helping prevent the spread of infection to patients and coworkers. The forum will discuss:

  • Recommendations for safe infection control practices recently updated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) to help reduce the transmission of blood borne pathogens
  • Reports of persistent cross contamination and deaths traced back to inappropriate lancet use
  • Infection control practices

Safety 101:
Preventing Infectious Disease Transmission during Blood Glucose Monitoring

Nicola F. Thomason, PhD, Joseph D. Perz, DrPH, Melissa K. Schafer, MD
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC, Atlanta, GA

Infection Control Plan and Implementation at the POC
Edith Burns, BS, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MD

Registration: AACC/ASCLS Member/non-member: $20
Registration deadline: June 30, 2011. Register onsite after June 30.
To Register, click here.
Registration includes breakfast followed by scientific sessions. Tickets may be picked up at the Georgia World Congress Center at Conference Registration.

For information on the AACC Annual Meeting or to register online, click here.

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