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Improving Outcomes Through Point of Care Testing

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IMPROVING OUTCOMES THROUGH POINT OF CARE TESTING CERTIFICATE PROGRAM 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Earn 12 ACCENT® continuing education credits and a certificate of completion for successfully completing the program before the access end date.

This program is composed of eight courses, listed below. Each course can be completed online in 1 to 2 hours each and contains a lecture, required reading, and a quiz. Communicate questions or comments using the program discussion board.

  • Introduction
  • Point of care testing for creatinine
  • Point of care testing for cardiac markers
  • Implementation and outcomes of Point of care testing in the emergency department
  • Point of care diagnosis of infections
  • Point of care diabetes management and glycemic control in outpatient and ICU settings
  • Point of care testing for infectious diseases
  • Improving the standard of care for disaster medicine

Certificates are awarded online upon successful completion of the program. Graduates are recognized on a register located on the certificate program web page.

CONTENT OVERVIEW

This program is a resource for laboratory professionals with an interest in learning how point of care is making an impact. The courses in this certificate program introduce some of the areas where POCT is making an impact and improving patient, safety, health, financial, and process outcomes. The program concentrates on the use of point of care to improve outcomes for specific conditions and diseases, with specific tests, in contexts such as natural disasters and the emergency room, as well as for diagnosis, management, and implementation of best practices.

Participants who complete this certificate program will be able to:

  • Discuss the need and benefits of POC in different settings
  • Describe different types of outcomes and the areas in which POC is making an impact
  • Discuss data or cite research from recent studies about how POCT is improving outcomes
  • List limitations for creatinine and other POCT methods
  • Describe unique quality issues in molecular diagnostics, which will impact their use at POC, such as contamination, inhibition, sampling
  • List and discuss the challenges and innovations in POCT during and after natural disaster with examples from the earthquake in Kobe, Japan, the earthquake in Haiti, and Hurricane Katrina in the United States

These expert faculty and educators contributed content to the development of the program:

  • James Nichols, PhD, Chair
    Vanderbilt University Hospital, Nashville, TN
  • Sheldon Campbell, MD
    VA Connecticut and Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • Rob Christenson, PhD
    University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Gerald Kost, MD, PhD
    University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
  • Kent Lewandrowski, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Richard F. Louie, PhD
    University of California, Davis, Davis, CA
  • Nam Tran, PhD
    University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

The faculty thank the following people for their image or presentation contributions: Corbin Curtis, James Januzzi, MD, Stephanie L. Sumner, BS

This program is sponsored by the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division and is supported by Abbott Point of Care.

ENROLLMENT DETAILS

Open Enrollment Until December 31, 2014
Program Access from January 1, 2014 until July 15, 2015


Fee: $225 AACC Member/$450 Non-member
Course Number: 8733
12 ACCENT® continuing education credits

  • If you purchase the program on our website, processing is immediate and the login information will be on your AACC Web Orders confirmation email.
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  • If you purchase the program via US Post or fax, please allow 2 weeks for order processing.
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    ACCREDITATION

    ACCENT® credit is offered. 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.

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    This program is sponsored by the AACC Critical and Point-of-Care Testing Division and is supported by Abbott Point of Care.

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