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Point-of-Care Versus Lab-Based Testing: Striking a Balance
Bench Matters: July 2016, By Kathleen David, MT(ASCP),  Clinical Laboratory News

Point-of-care testing (POCT) is all the rage right now, and for good reason. These often portable, easy-to-operate devices and instruments return results quickly, enabling immediate treatment or intervention. POCT also short- circuits many steps involved in lab-based testing, obviating the need to collect a specimen, transport it to the lab, perform testing, and transmit the results back to the provider. This speed and efficiency often greatly improves both patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Despite its popularity, however, POCT has downsides... Read more >

CLSI Solution Packages Cover

Top 10 Deficiencies in the Laboratory

CLSI identified the top 10 most commonly cited deficiencies by major accreditation organizations, and created solution packages to address each area. Each package is designed to provide you with the tools to prepare for accreditation inspection, improve areas of interest, or resolve any deficiencies cited on your last inspection. Packages include:


  • Controls: Mean and Standard Deviation
  • Specimen and Reagent Storage
  • Personnel Records, Responsibilities, and Competence
  • Lab Director Responsibilities
  • Waived and Quantitative QC
  • Patient and Specimen Identification
  • Method Validation and Verification
  • Method Correlation
  • Proficiency Testing
  • Adverse and Nonconforming Events

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Glucose Proficiency Testing Criteria Reset

Stirs Standards Debate
By Anne Paxton, CAP Today, June 2016

It may not be an exact science, but resetting standards is a long-established means of improving quality of testing, and it can also be a way of adapting to improvements in quality that have already been realized. In the case of the CAP’s recent tightening of proficiency testing criteria for hospital glucose testing, both purposes are at work. The new criteria reflect the fact that glucose meter performance has improved significantly, CAP Chemistry Resource Committee chair Gary L. Horowitz, MD, explains in the 2016 Program Update on Glucose Meter Performance. But the change in Survey criteria has brought unexpected pushback from one of the leading hospital glucose meter manufacturers.

The CAP’s Chemistry Resource Committee approved and implemented the new PT grading criteria for hospital glucose meter performance in early 2015. The cutoff for passing was changed from within... Read more >

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Kerstin Halverson Named

2016 POCC of the Year

The AACC CPOCT Division has announced that Kerstin Halverson of Children’s of Minnesota has been named the 2016 Point of Care Coordinator of the Year. Since 2003, Kerstin has overseen the entire POCT program for two hospitals, one ambulatory surgery center, three clinics and one ancillary testing site.  Read more >

Pat Kraft Receives 2016 Outstanding Contributions to POCT Award

Patricia Kraft, M.A., MT (ASCP), Laboratory POCT/Safety/Education Coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Contributions to POCT Award. Pat graduated with a BS in Medical Technology from the University of Dayton... More>

More Clarity Over Time for Heart Failure Biomarkers
By Karen Lusky, CAP Today, June 2016

Robert Christenson, PhD, a professor of pathology and of medical and research technology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, likens the U.S. mortality rate for myocardial infarction to three or four jumbo jets crashing daily. For heart failure, it’s about half that many deaths, “so maybe one and one-half jumbo jets,” Dr. Christenson said in a session on cardiac biomarkers at the CAP annual meeting last year. With more people living longer in general but surviving acute MI, said co-presenter and cardiologist Christopher deFilippi, MD, “we are seeing..." Read more >

The Next Step for Molecular POCT
Shrinking Technology and Tighter Turnaround Times Shake Up the Field
By Julie Kirkwood, Clinical Laboratory News, June 2016

The year 2015 may well be remembered as the the time when molecular diagnostics began to expand beyond the laboratory. In January, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted its first CLIA waiver to a nucleic acid-based test, the Alere i Influenza A&B. A few months later, Roche received a CLIA waiver for the cobas Liat System and Strep A. By the end of the year, Alere’s i Strep A, Roche’s Liat influenza A & B, and Cepheid’s Xpert Flu+RSV Xpress had also received CLIA waivers.

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Medical Errors Are the Third Leading Cause

of Death in the US
Fatal mistakes, which account for more than 250,000 deaths each year, merit a closer look
June 2016, Clinical Laboratory News

Fatal medical errors—whether occurring by omission or commission—go unmentioned on death certificates and are not tracked by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  A new analysis published May 3 in the BMJ, however, suggests these mistakes merit a closer look. By examining four prior studies that reported such deaths between 2000 and 2008, and then making new calculations based on the hospital admission rate in 2013, researchers estimated that 251,454 deaths that year stemmed from medical errors. This amounts to 9.5% of all deaths each year in the U.S, they say. Read more >

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!

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