Point-of-care testing in the emergency department: challenges, opportunities and vision for the future

March 15, 2022

This webinar will include a review of common tests performed at the point of care (POC) in the emergency department (ED), as well as evidence supporting improved patient care or hospital efficiency through the use of POC in the ED.

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About this webinar

In a panel discussion between a point-of-care medical director and two emergency medicine physicians, the most useful panels or groups of tests for rapid decision making in the ED will be debated. The panel discussion will also cover topics such as avoiding over-utilization of POC in the ED, and pitfalls and challenges associated with use and interpretation of POC tests in this environment.


Brad S. Karon MD PhD
Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

Casey M. Clements MD PhD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

Heather A. Heaton MD MS
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

Part 1 - Brad S. Karon

  • Benefits of an effective ED POCT program
  • Evidence that POC improves time to discharge or diagnosis in ED (and evidence against)
  • Compliance issues in managing ED POCT program
  • Common POC tests in the ED environment
    • Troponin as special case

Part 2 - Brad S. Karon moderates panel discussion with Casey M. Clements and Heather A. Heaton

  • Common panels of tests and how POC and lab information is combined
    • Most beneficial POCT tests, tests most likely to be acted upon without additional lab or clinical information
    • Common problematic POC tests, how to reconcile discrepant POC and lab results
    • Examples of ED panels that mix POC and lab test information, how do you maximize value of POC tests?
    • Most common lab information not available at POC that prevents POC results from being acted upon
    • If you could make your dream POC panel, what would it consist of?
    • How to avoid over-utilization of POC tests in ED

Learning objectives:

  1. List the most common point-of-care tests performed in the emergency department
  2. Describe the evidence supporting the use of point-of-care tests in the emergency department to improve patient care or hospital efficiency
  3. Define the most useful panels or groups of tests needed for rapid decision-making in the emergency department
  4. Understand pitfalls related to compliance and over-utilization of point-of-care tests in the emergency department and learn how to avoid them

Who should attend?

  • Physicians
  • Lab Supervisors
  • Lab Directors (and/or assistant directors)
  • Lab Managers (supervisory and/or non-supervisory)
  • Pathologists
  • Fellows
  • Residents
  • In-training Individuals

Continuing education

This education activity will be submitted to AACC for approval of up to 1.0 ACCENT credit(s). You will be provided the CE link following the live webinar and it will also be available on the On Demand page.
ACCENT credit will expire March 31, 2023.

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