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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!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

during the

AACC Annual Meeting


'Talking the Talk : Overcoming the Barriers of Productive Communication'

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

during the

AACC Annual Meeting


If you've been fortunate enough to attend an AfterGlow @ AACC, you know why this is called the
Point-of-Care Social of the Year!

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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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IQCP Without Agony at the Point of Care
CAP Today, April 2016, by Anne Paxton

For many point-of-care testing coordinators, the prospect of developing Individualized Quality Control Plans is far from enticing. But there has never been much chance that laboratories could opt out of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new quality control framework for much of their non-waived testing.

Even though IQCP is an optional program, says Kerstin Halverson, BA, MS, point-of-care coordinator at Children’s Hospitals of Minnesota, the alternative—meeting the minimum QC requirements set by CLIA ’88—is often impractical. “I didn’t stop to calculate what it would cost to do liquid quality control on all the i-Stat cartridge types every eight hours because the number would have been through the roof,” she says. Read more >

Sentara Laboratory Services Named
MLO’s 2016 Lab of the Year

April 2016, MLO's Lab of the Year Award, By: MLO Staff

Based in Norfolk, Virginia, the not-for-profit Sentara system operates more than 100 sites of care with more than 2,800 hospital beds, including 12 acute care hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina. The system, which has a 3,800-provider medical staff, includes the area’s only Level I Trauma Center, advanced imaging centers, assisted-living and nursing centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, home health and hospice services, and medical transport and air ambulances.
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POCT & Diabetes
There are many advantages to POCT in monitoring and diagnosing type 1 diabetes
By David Plaut and Natalie Lepage, April 28, 2016, Advance for Administrators of the Lab

There is no doubt that point of care testing (POCT) will grow-not only in hospitals, clinics and single physician's offices, but also in homes of patients with diabetes and other chronic diseases. There are many advantages to this approach to monitor and even diagnosis diseases in real time at the patient's bedside. However, with this technology comes varied challenges.


Inoue et al.1 reviewed 11 studies comparing the accuracy of blood-glucose measurements with blood gas analyzers and POCT devices, using arterial blood as the specimen type for both techniques. The blood gas analyzer results were significantly higher than those measurements using POCT. Furthermore, in the hypoglycemic range (less than 81 mg/dl), the incidence of errors using the POCT was even higher. Other sources of POCT errors on accuracy of glucose results were unstable hemodynamics (edema and use of a vasopressor) or use of insulin. Read more >

POCT and Its Implications for STIs
MLO, March 2016, By Maj. Paul R. Eden and Jessica Johnson  

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) incorporate a particular set of clinical infection and disease processes typically associated with transmission through sexual activity. In 2010, the United States spent approximately $15.6 billion on identification and treatment of STIs.

In addition, in 2013, according to Tucker et al “the WHO estimated 448 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections…are diagnosed each year.” The testing traditionally performed by laboratory personnel is thorough, but hours or days are often required to obtain the results. This testing capability usually requires a secondary level medical facility or higher, but that level of care is difficult for many patients to obtain in outlying or rural areas and requires multiple appointments for the patient to be tested and receive results. However, several recent advancements in sexually transmitted infection (STI) detection using point-of-care testing (POCT)... Read more >

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