Thought Leadership

Critical Values: Cutoffs, Communication, and Impact on Patient Care

  • Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Date:OCT.29.2015 2:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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Managing the reporting of critical values can be a difficult task. Lab professionals must work with clinician colleagues to set critical value limits and develop reporting processes that create efficiencies without compromising patient care. Register for this free program—the fifth in the 2015 Thought Leadership Series of webinars supported by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and sponsored by AACC’s Management Sciences and Patient Safety Division—and learn best practices for managing the critical value reporting process.



Laboratory administrators, directors, managers and clinicians involved in or interested in improving critical value reporting processes.


Christine L. Schmotzer, MD, Director of Clinical Chemistry, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pathology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

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Defining, identifying, and rapidly communicating critical values is essential to providing quality patient care, but building a robust critical value reporting process can be challenging. Identifying too many results as “critical” can overwhelm physicians and clinical care teams, but reporting too few may lead to complaints that not enough critical information is being shared. Finding ways to make your critical value reporting more efficient requires a systems approach—one in which laboratorians, clinicians and others involved in the process communicate and collaborate effectively. Join Dr. Christine Schmotzer for this important webinar and learn strategies for measuring and improving the effectiveness of your critical value reporting system.

After attending this program, participants will understand:

  • What actions can be taken to determine optimal critical value limits
  • How to select the appropriate group of tests for critical value reporting
  • How to better manage the processes and policies involved in reporting critical values
  • Where to find resources that can help them manage their critical results program

After the presentation, Dr. Schmotzer will take questions from participants.

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AACC thanks Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics for their support of the 2015 Thought Leadership program and their commitment to the clinical laboratory community.