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EBOLA, POC Glucose, STAT POC Lab and more highlighted our March 2, 2015  Conference!

Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA

Available at NO CHARGE to POCCs, Med Techs, and laboratory directors, this conference qualifies for CEU ACCENT Credits (AACC) and includes lunch, networking with your peers and a vendor fair. Topics include:

  • EBOLA at Emory Hospital  James C. Ritchie, PhD, Emory Healthcare

  • A New Era in POC Glucose Testing in the Hospital: Regulatory Changes and Clinical Significance Evan Ntrivalas, M.D., Ph.D.

  • The Surveyors are Coming! The Surveyors are Coming! The Surveyors are Coming! Are You Really Ready? Harvey George, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB

  • Stakeholders in Infection Prevention Abbott Diabetes Care

  • A STAT POC Laboratory in the Emergency Department Tony Nolen, BSCLS, MLS (ASCP), Clinical Laboratory Manager, Bert Fish Medical Center

  • POC Coordinator Panel Discussion Chaired by Karen Jenkins, MT (ASCP), POCC (AACC), Emory Health Systems, Atlanta, GA

CPOCT Forum @ AACC Raffle

The AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo is returning to Atlanta this summer from July 26-31. And we want to see all Georgia POCCs there!

To encourage you, all attendees to our March 2 meeting will receive a raffle ticket good for a chance to win complimentary admission to the 2015 AACC Critical and Point of Care Testing (CPOCT) Forum being held in Atlanta on July 30 during the Annual Meeting.


This year's forum will highlight practical applications of risk assessment/mitigation strategies throughout the preanalytic, analytic and postanalytic phases of the POC testing process.

A panel of experienced POC Coordinators will share their insight and “lessons learned” while using emerging risk management strategies to support continuous quality improvement and patient safety efforts in POCT practices.

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In Case You Missed It...


A large group of POCCs and lab professionals attended our November 7 Meeting at St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, hosted by Karen Jenkins from Emory University Hospital - Midtown.

Preparing for IQCP


Ellis Jacobs, Ph.D., DABCC, FACB, Director, Scientific Affairs, Alere, led an interactive discussion on 'Preparing for IQCP'. In Dr. Jacobs' discussion, he talked about how:

  • Risk management is something laboratories are already doing.

  • An IQCP assesses the medical need for test, performance requirements, and weaknesses in the testing process as well as actions to address those risks.

  • Each IQCP is unique because the combination of device, setting, medical requirements and operators may differ between laboratories.

  • An IQCP is the industry standard. It depends upon the extent to which the device’s features achieve their intended purpose in union with the laboratory’s expectation for ensuring quality results.

  • Once implemented, the IQCP is monitored for effectiveness and modified as needed to maintain risk at a clinically acceptable level.

For a copy of Dr. Jacobs slides, click here  or on the image on the right, above.

Ebola at Emory Hospital


Emory Healthcare's James C. Ritchie, PhD, Clinical Chemistry, Professor. Pathology & Laboratory Medicine worked with a team at Emory University that cared for two patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) in August. During is talk, he discussed:

  • Background information on the Ebola Virus

  • Clinical Characteristics of the Bola Virus

  • The Cases at Emory

Dr. Ritchie was kind enough to provide his presentation to GAPOCC members. To view or download a copy of the slides, click here or on the image to right.


More photos from our November meeting...


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