Impact of Preanalytical Variables on Critical Care Point of Care Testing

  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Date:MAR.28.2017 2:00 PM - 03:00 PM

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An in-depth exploration of how preanalytical variables affect POC critical care testing and a discussion of several cases with an invited laboratory professional to follow the lecture. Participants will learn the sources of preanalytical variability in these critical care tests, how POC has some advantages over testing in the core laboratory, and how proper sample handling can improve the test result quality.  Tips will be reviewed for improving sample quality when measuring sodium, potassium, ionized calcium, lactate, blood gases and co-oximetry and a few case scenarios will be presented to illustrate these points.


Participants will learn the sources of preanalytical variability in POC critical care testing, and how to implement methods to improve sample quality that should decrease and/or prevent errors that originate with sample collection, handling and transport.


Lab managers and technologists who are involved in POC testing, Point-of-Care Coordinators who manage POCT programs, and laboratory directors.


photograph of john toffalettiJohn Toffaletti, PhD
Professor of Pathology
Duke University Health System, Durham NC

photograph of kenneth blickInvited Guest Speaker:
Kenneth Blick, PhD
Professor of Pathology
Oklahoma University Medical Center, Oklahoma City, OK

Continuing Education Credit

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.)

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All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AACC Customer Service no later than February 28, 2017. 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).

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