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Zika Virus Puts Testing in the Forefront
Major new funding, testing sought as disease rages
By Gary Tufel, Clinical Lab Products, May 2016

One of the biggest healthcare surprises of the past year has been the sudden and frightening rise to prominence of the Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere. An arbovirus spread predominantly by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, Zika typically causes a mild illness whose symptoms include conjunctivitis, fever, joint pain, and rash lasting several days to a week. Previously thought to be a mild virus that resulted in symptoms for only about 20% of those infected, Zika is turning out to be the cause of a number of serious diseases. Of special concern is recent definitive evidence that the virus causes microcephaly in infants as well as causing serious brain and nerve cell damage. Read more >

With High-Sensitivity Troponins,

Watching and Waiting Continue
By Karen Lusky, CAP Today, May 2016

Laboratories and hospitals in the U.S. continue to look forward to high-sensitivity troponin assays. Judd E. Hollander, MD, says all he’s heard for the past five years is that an assay will be out at the end of the year. “And once you get halfway through the year, it will be out next year,” says Dr. Hollander, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine and associate dean of strategic health initiatives at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.

Robert Christenson, PhD, DABCC, professor of pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, sees the odds as good that the FDA will clear one such assay this year. He predicts it will be a Roche or an Abbott assay.

Agim Beshiri, MD, Abbott’s senior medical director of global medical and scientific affairs for diagnostics, says, “The requirements for U.S. regulatory approval for any troponin test are very high, and the complexity is enhanced with high-sensitivity troponin methods. It is not possible to predict when these tests will become available.” Read more >

Making a Smooth Pivot to Point-of-Care IQCP
By Anne Paxton, CAP Today, May 2016

Practically speaking, there’s a limit to the number of balls a human can juggle. And there’s probably a limit to how complex a quality control plan a point-of-care testing coordinator can handle. Last year, many POC coordinators felt that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would be pushing that limit pretty hard with its new Individualized Quality Control Plan.

The voluntary-in-name-only QC program had a Jan. 1 deadline, but Adonica Wilson, MT(ASCP) (right), confesses that when she contemplated developing an IQCP, she procrastinated a little, in hopes that the program would somehow get canceled.

“I was one of those ones holding out hope that something would change before the end of 2015,” Wilson says. So, as point-of-care coordinator for Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., she left only a month or two to complete her IQCPs before the Jan. 1 deadline. Still, she was pretty well prepared. “We knew it was coming, and I had been going to seminars and webinars on it for the last two years.”

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This is the second in a series. Previously: IQCP without agony at the point of care

AACC Launches Express Membership Category

$65 Annual Fee Provides Numerous Association Benefits

Great news for POCCs and Exclusively for New Members, AACC’s New Express Membership enables you to benefit from a wide range of resources at an affordable dues level, including:
Access to AACC’s online networking opportunities; Select educational programs, and News publications.


One of the essential ways that AACC members convene is online through the members-only AACC Artery. Discussions cover a range of topics from the challenges of monitoring point-of-care testing compliance to practical lab fundamentals, such as critical values and specimen types and retention. For more details, and to sign up, visit the Express Member page!

Late Flu Season, Early Signs of New Test Impact
CAP Today, April 2016, by Kevin B. O’Reilly

The 2015–2016 influenza season is shaping up to be lighter than physician offices and hospitals have seen in recent years, with fewer flu positives reported, a lower death count, and a smaller share of flu-like illnesses among outpatients. Last year’s flu season, by contrast, was “very hectic,” says MAJ Charlotte Lanteri, PhD, deputy chief of microbiology at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Tex. It is not just the lower number of patients presenting with flu-like symptoms in the medical center’s inpatient and outpatient settings that has made for a quieter season so far, she says. Also contributing to the peaceful, easy feeling at Fort Sam Houston—at least as regards the flu—is the medical center’s implementation of a rapid molecular test for influenza A and B.

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