Quick Takes in Lab Medicine: Body Fluid Testing Series

  • Credit:1.5 ACCENT
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Date:AUG.25.2015 1:00 PM - AUG.27.2015 1:30 PM

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Take a 30-minute break and join AACC for three “Quick Take” webinars on body fluid testing. Bring your lunch or a snack (along with your questions) for a series of webinars that will examine pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical issues in body fluid testing. Register for this program and attend all three webinars (for the price of one!) for a great review of the pre-analytical variables that impact body fluid test results, strategies for validating body fluid tests, challenges involved in reporting out body fluid test results, and much more.

On three consecutive days during the last week in August, spend 30 minutes each day with Drs. Darci Block and Deanna Franke, the authors of the Quick Guide to Body Fluid Testing, and review current concepts in body fluid testing.  During each webinar, the experts will give a 20-minute presentation, and then answer your questions. Can’t make all three? AACC will send out a link each day to webinar series participants so that you can catch up on what you missed.


Laboratory managers, supervisors, QA/QC professionals and other clinical laboratory scientists interested in learning more about the process involved in testing body fluids.


Darci R. Block, PhD, DABCC, Co-Director, Central Clinical Laboratory and Central Processing, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Deanna Franke, PhD, MT (ASCP), DABCC, Technical Specialist, Laboratory Operations, Carolinas Healthcare System, Charlotte, NC


During the three webinars, here’s what the presenters will review:

Tuesday, August 25—Pre-analytical Considerations of Body Fluid Testing

Physicians and clinical staff collect and send body fluid specimens to your laboratory.  Has your laboratory provided the useful and detailed instructions that are needed to deliver a quality sample to the laboratory for testing?  What does that even look like? 

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify body fluid types and how they are collected
  • List preanalytical variables that impact body fluid test results
  • Compare and contrast body fluid order strategies

Wednesday, August 26— Analytical Considerations of Body Fluid Testing

A physician contacts the laboratory and is interested in measuring analyte “X” in body fluid type “Y”.  This webinar provides a strategy for laboratories to develop a validation plan to determine if analyte “X” can be accurately quantitated.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast “standard” and “non-standard” body fluids
  • Relate strategies for standard fluid test validation to validation of body fluid tests

Thursday, August 27— Post-analytical Considerations of Body Fluid Testing

Physicians need actionable laboratory results for appropriate patient management.  This is equally applicable to body fluids!  This webinar summarizes the challenges and potential strategies for reporting body fluid test results to minimize confusion and maximize utility.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the challenges in reporting body fluid test results
  • Compare and contrast strategies of reporting body fluid test results

Drs. Block and Franke will also answer any questions you may have during the live Q&A at the end of each webinar.

Technical Requirements

AACC uses WebEx to conduct its webinars. To attend the webinar, you will need:

  • 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.

NOTE: The WebEx plug-in will not install if your browser has high security settings or you do not have administrative rights on your PC

To test your system, please try joining a test meeting prior to your webinar at: https://www.webex.com/lp/jointest. Once on the site, enter your name and email address and click "join."

Continuing Education

AACC designates this program for a maximum of 1.5 ACCENT credit hours towards the AACC Clinical Chemist's Recognition Award. 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 for continuing education credit.)

Corporate Support

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Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AACC Customer Service no later than August 11, 2015. 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; however, a substitute may attend the program provided a written notice is faxed or sent via email. Please send cancellation and substitution notices to AACC customer service at 202-887-5093 (fax) or custserv@aacc.org (e-mail).

Registration/Order Form

Registration for the webinar is by site—one computer connection and phone connection per registration. Several business days prior to the webinar, AACC will e-mail you instructions on how to participate. These instructions will include a phone number for you to call to listen to the audio portion of the Webinar and a URL where you can log-in on a computer to participate in the visual portion of the webinar. If you cannot register online, click here for a PDF registration form that you can fax or mail with your payment.

FOR INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES: If you are an international participant, we recommend that you listen to the webinar via your computer speakers. If for some reason the webinar is not being broadcast over your computer speakers, and you do have high-speed internet and a Skype subscription on your computer, you can use Skype for the phone portion of the webinar as a way to avoid charges from your phone company. Just call in to the US number using Skype.

***Please note: If you do intend to use Skype, you also still need to access the computer portion of the webinar as described above.  If you want to use Skype but do not have a subscription or would like more information, visit www.skype.com.

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