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Point of Care Testing Topic Track

Point-of-care testing (POCT) represents an area not only of rapid technological innovation, but also one of regulatory scrutiny and complex laboratory management and quality issues with consequences for patient care. These sessions span the breadth of POCT challenges laboratory professionals face.


*AACC University: The Impact of Pre-analytical Variables on Critical Care Point-of-Care Testing 191004

The primary purpose of POCT is to generate results quickly for immediate intervention, vital in critical care. As in central laboratories, pre-analytical variability poses a challenge. This session presents common variables, impact on critical care testing (blood gases, co-oximetry, potassium, ionized calcium), and methods for reducing the potential for errors due to preanalytical issues.

Moderator: Ana Stankovic, MD, PhD, BD Diagnostics, Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Speakers: Overview of Preanalytical Variables in Point-of-Care Testing, Ana Stankovic, MD, PhD, BD Diagnostics, Franklin Lakes, NJ; Improving Point-of-Care Testing for Critical Care, John Toffaletti, PhD, DABCC, Duke University Health System, Durham, NC.

*AACC University: Expanding Point-of-Care Testing in Healthcare Systems for Patient Centered Care 192010
Developed in cooperation with the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division.

POCT is evolving. Key considerations for new POC test requests and essential managerial tools for high-level quality assurance and regulatory compliance will be discussed in an interactive format using an audience response-system and group discussions of practical POCT scenarios.

Moderator: Nichole Korpi-Steiner, PhD, DABCC, FACB, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Speakers: One POCT Request, 2 Requests, 3 Requests, 4, Nichole Korpi-Steiner, PhD, DABCC, FACB, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Five POCT Sites, 6 Sites, 7 Sites, More!, Peggy Mann, MS, BS, MT(ASCP), University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; Eight POCT Errors, 9 Errors, 10 Errors, Whoa!, Jeanne Mumford, MT(ASCP), The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.


Chair’s Invited Session: mHealth 32412

This session will provide a discussion of mobile health and associated technologies in the delivery of medical care outside of the hospital setting. Attendees will hear about different tools for implementation of mHealth concepts and their potential impact on patient care and outcomes.

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

Oral Abstract Session: POCT-Utilization, QA/QC and Advances in Technologies 32216

AACC is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of laboratory medicine. A select group of members have reviewed the abstracts submitted for the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting. The Annual Meeting Organizing Committee has reviewed the abstracts in the area of POCT and have chosen several of the authors to present their findings as oral presentations. Each 15-minute presentation will be followed by a 5 minute question-and-answer session.

Moderator: Donald LeGatt, PhD, FCACB, University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, Canada.

**Brown Bag Session: Issues in the Practical Implementation of POCT: Overcoming Challenges 42120 (Repeats as 52220)

Speaker: Joseph Wiencek, PhD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.


Evaluating the Hypoxemic Patient: Oxygen and Oxygen-Related Parameters Used in Critical Care Settings 74107

Despite the frequency of measurement and physiologic importance of oxygen, laboratorians are often not familiar with how pO2, %O2Hb, Hb, and other measurements are used to calculate oxygen-related parameters, such as O2 content, O2 delivery, A–a difference, paO2/FIO2 ratio, Oxygenation Index, and how clinicians use them to evaluate and monitor hypoxemia, pulmonary ventilation, and perfusion in critically ill patients.

This session, presented by a laboratory director and a practicing physician, will provide clinical, pathophysiological, and practical information that will allow participants to understand the important pre-analytical factors in these measurements, and how to interpret oxygen and oxygen-related calculations for diagnosing and managing patients in critical care settings.

Moderator: John Toffaletti, PhD, DABCC, Duke University Health System, Durham, NC.

Speakers: Measuring and Calculating Oxygen and Oxygen-Related Parameters Used to Assess Hypoxemia and Oxygen Physiology, John Toffaletti, PhD, DABCC; Using Oxygen-Related Measurements and Calculations in the Care of the Critically Ill Patient, Craig Rackley, MD, ABIM, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

*About AACC University: These sessions are held exclusively on Sunday before the official start of the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting, and enable participants to catch up on best practices and emerging science without committing to more than one day of the conference. Attendance is limited to 90 participants. Advance registration and fees are required.

**About Brown Bag sessions: These small discussion settings provide intimate exchanges between participants and experts. Expect lively conversation, dialogue, and debate, as well as Q&As. Attendance is limited to 10 participants. Advance registration and fees are required.