Mastering the 3 P's of Body Fluid Testing: Philosophy, Practicality, and Proficiency

  • Credit:1.0 ACCENT Credit
  • Duration: 1 hr
  • Date:DEC.1.2016 2:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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Is your laboratory being challenged with increasing demand for tests on body fluids other than the usual blood or urine specimen? If yes, then you’re probably seeking guidance on ways to manage these requests without compromising quality or overburdening staff.

AACC is hosting a webinar to discuss three key principles guaranteed to help you optimize your laboratory’s protocols for body fluid testing and to meet proficiency reporting requirements.

The three P's of Body Fluid Testing

Philosophy – Body Fluid Testing Background and Evolution

  • Origins of body fluid testing
  • Utility of pleural fluid and peritoneal fluid testing
  • Utility of biomarkers in other body fluids

Practicality – Body Fluids That Have Stood the “Test” of Time

  • Current “standard of care” tests for pleural and peritoneal fluids
  • Other markers commonly used – which ones should continue and which have questionable utility
  • Body fluid testing in the context of laboratory-developed tests

Proficiency – Body Fluids Reporting in CAP Proficiency Testing

  • CAP Body Fluid proficiency testing surveys and relationship to clinical situations
  • Requirements for reporting reference interval data with body fluid results
  • Summary of the newest CAP checklist COM.40620
  • Strategies for gathering and reporting required information

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar, attendees will be albe to:

  • Describe the origins of body fluid testing in clinical role
  • Explain the role of pleural and peritoneal testing in current “standards of care”
  • Compare and contrast the clinical utility of commonly requested body fluid tests
  • Utilize resources and strategies for reporting reference intervals or interpretive information for body fluid tests
  • Explain the pros and cons between directly reporting interpretive information with body fluid results versus providing secondary resources

Target Audience

Laboratory directors, managers, supervisors, QA/QC professionals and other clinical laboratory staff involved in body fluid testing for clinical care.


David N. Alter, M.D., DABCC
Clinical Pathologist
Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids, MI

Darci R. Block, Ph.D., DABCC
Co-Director of Laboratory Services and Central Clinical Laboratory
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Continuing Education Credits

AACC designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 ACCENT® credit hours. AACC is an approved provider of continuing education for clinical laboratory scientists in the states of California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. (ACCENT®-approved programs are also accepted by ASCLS and ASCP for continuing education credit.)

Registration Information

  • Registration covers one phone line and one computer connection for the webinar.
  • If you are unable to register online, use the PDF registration form provided and fax or mail this form with your payment.
  • Several business days prior to the webinar, AACC will e-mail instructions to the registrant on how to participate, including a phone number to call to listen to the audio portion of the webinar and a URL where you can log in for the visual portion of the webinar.

Technical requirements

  • A separate telephone line for the audio or a sound card and speakers
  • A 56Kbps Internet connection or better
  • Windows Users - Internet Explorer 6/7, Firefox 2, Mozilla 1.7+, Netscape 8.1 or higher.
  • Mac Users - Firefox 2, Safari 3.0 (Mac OS 10.4,10.5), Safari 2.0 (Mac OS 10.4) Safari 1.3 (Mac OS 10.3).
  • Linux Users - Firefox 2, Mozilla 1.7 or higher.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AACC Customer Service no later than November 22, 2016. Written cancellations received by this date will qualify for a refund, less a $35 processing fee. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund. Send cancellation notice to AACC Customer Service at custserv@aacc.org or 202-887-5093 (FAX)

Registration PDF Form

AACC Webinar Registration Form - Mastering the 3 P’s of Body Fluid Testing: Philosophy, Practicality, and Proficiency