Maintaining Compliance with Point-of-Care Testing (by LabCE)

1 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 291 customer ratings)

Author: Sheryl A. Whitlock, MA.Ed, MT(ASCP)BB
Reviewer: Cynthia Clawson, BSMT (ASCP), MBA, HCA

Course provided by LabCE.

This course will differentiate between the terms point-of-care testing (POCT) and waived testing, which is instrumental for the proper application of regulations needed to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements and accreditation regulations. It will outline the necessary components that must be in place to ensure POCT compliance, including specific requirements for POCT policies and procedures, staff training, competency testing, and proficiency testing.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-014-20, approved through 2/28/2022
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 1 hour(s)
Course number 20-767108, approved through 9/1/2020

Objectives

  • Define and differentiate point-of-care and waived testing.
  • Outline staff training requirements for point-of-care testing (POCT).
  • Describe staff competency testing required for compliance of POCT.
  • Specify policy and procedure requirements for POCT.
  • Discuss proficiency testing requirements for POCT.

Customer Ratings

(based on 291 customer ratings)

Course Outline

  • Definitions of Waived Testing and Point-of-Care Testing
      • Definitions: Point-of-Care Testing and Waived Testing
      • CLIA Certificates Differentiated
  • Training Requirements for Point-of-Care Testing
      • Training Requirements for POCT
  • Competency Assessment Requirements for Point-of-Care Testing
      • Competency Assessment for POCT
      • Personnel Requiring Competency Assessment
      • Personnel Qualified to Perform Competency Assessment
  • Procedure Manual Requirements for Point-of-Care Testing
      • Procedure Manual Requirements
  • Proficiency Testing Requirements for Point-of-Care Testing
      • Proficiency Testing Requirements for Point of Care Testing
      • Proficiency Testing Procedures
      • Corrective Action for Proficiency Testing
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Basic

Intended audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.

Author information: Sheryl A. Whitlock, MA.Ed, MT(ASCP)BB is the owner of ARK Laboratory Consulting, LLC and a part time technical consultant for McKesson. Sheryl served as the laboratory coordinator for the Student Health Services Laboratory at the University of Delaware for 15 years. Sheryl received her Master’s degree in Education from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She has more than 35 years of experience in laboratory science to include management, education, and hands-on bench experience. She has written and published textbooks and laboratory manuals as well as having contributed to numerous online and print articles in the field of laboratory medicine.

Reviewer information: Cynthia Clawson, BSMT(ASCP), MBA, HCA received her Masters degree from Wilmington College, in Wilmington Delaware and a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland. She began her career as a bench technologist at then Kent and Queen Anne’s Hospital in Chestertown, Maryland. Currently, she is a Clinical Specialist for Point-of-Care testing, Quality Assurance, and Regulatory Compliance at the same facility, now called the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Chestertown.

Course description: This course will differentiate between the terms point-of-care testing (POCT) and waived testing, which is instrumental for the proper application of regulations needed to ensure compliance with state and federal requirements and accreditation regulations. It will outline the necessary components that must be in place to ensure POCT compliance, including specific requirements for POCT policies and procedures, staff training, competency testing, and proficiency testing.

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