From the Division Chair...
Jeffrey DuBois, PhD, FACB
Nova Biomedical Corporation
In just a few short weeks the Annual Meeting will take place in Atlanta. There are many exciting opportunities in Critical and Point of Care Testing and we’ve outlined them day-by- in this issue.
The Division Activities that are noteworthy so far this year include the following:
Advance the Profession – The Point of Care Specialist Certificate program, initiated in July 2008, is composed of 8 courses and is offered to any professional working in POCT who has an interest in pursuing a higher level of knowledge and expertise in this concentration. To date, 758 people have registered for this program, with 583 graduating (204 of them in the past year).
Advance Clinical Science – The CPOCT Division actively promotes research and practice improvement to facilitate better clinical practice. The CPOCT Awards Committee this year was chaired by Dr. Ken Blick and Dr. John Peterson, Dr. Bill Clarke, Peggy Mann, and I comprised the committee. The 2011 award winners who will be recognized by Dr. Blick at the Annual Awards Banquet at the AACC Annual Meeting in Atlanta are highlighted on pages 1 and 8 of this newsletter.
Advance Laboratory Practice – The “Free Poster Program” started in 2008 has been a huge success. Numerous professionals have consulted this web site and requested the posters for posting at their facilities.
Advance the Global Role – 2011 is a planning year for the 2012 International Symposium which will be held in Prague, Czech Republic at the Prague Hilton Hotel and Conference Center. The Planning Committee includes Jeff DuBois Chair and Prof. Dr. Tomas Zima, DSc., MBA, President, Czech Republic, Clinical Chemistry Society, Vice Chair. The Committee will soon publish a title and general outline of the 5 sessions that will offered during the symposium. The Division is reaching out to areas not always represented at the Symposium, such as the central European Countries, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula and India, where POCT maybe used somewhat differently than in North America and Western Europe. It will be interesting to learn from these colleagues how they utilize POCT in their countries.
In addition, the Division will support the French Critical Care Testing Symposium in Deauville, France in June 2012 that is organized by several French Societies and sponsor 1 session on POCT “Quality Management: A U.S. Perspective”.
The Arnold O. Beckman Conference entitled “Glycemic Control in the Hospital: Evidence, Issues, and Future Directions” was held in San Diego this past April 12 and 13, 2011. This very important was a joint meeting between the AACC, including the CPOCT Division, and the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB). Joining AACC and NACB in presenting this conference are the following organizations; AACE; ADA; CLSI; CAP; and SCCM.
Registration was more than 150, and greater than 50% of the attendees were non-lab physicians. During the meeting speakers reviewed the evidence behind glycemic control in the hospital, with a focus on current controversies and recommendations. The optimal glucose concentrations among critically ill patients was debated, as was the harm induced by hypoglycemia in the hospital. Sessions also highlighted the laboratory aspects of glycemic control, specifically the level of accuracy required for hospital-based glucose monitoring and current limitations and interferences observed with handheld glucose meters and other devices. Finally a session on future developments featured a talk by a representative from the Food and Drug Administration on the FDA perspective on accuracy requirements for both glucose meters and continuous glucose sensing devices; and a sneak peak at upcoming evidence-based guidelines on diabetes testing.
Advance the CPOCT Division - I want to thank all of you who participated in the member survey conducted last December with 125 people responding to the questionnaire about preferences for division programs and activities. We will be examining the results in more detail later on but my first impression is that many of you are looking to online formats for your continuing education. 75% of respondents (the highest response) said they had participated in a webinar/webcast during the past 12 months and 75% said this was their preferred format for CE. More details on the survey can be found on page 9.
In closing, I would like to thank the Sponsors for the Division in 2011 that will be recognized at the Mixer - Gold Sponsors Abbott and Lifescan; and Silver Sponsors NOVA Biomedical and Radiometer.
I look forward to seeing you all at the POCC Luncheon, the Awards reception, and the AfterGlow.
Jeffrey A. DuBois, PhD FACB C(ASCP)SC