The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

1997 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

Successful Strategies for Blood Gas Labs to Meet the Regulations (JCAHO, CAP, CLIA) and Pass Inspections

Sharon S. Ehrmeyer, Ph.D., Tuesday, December 9, 1997.

Today's blood gas/critical care laboratories are faced with meeting a variety of regulations -- JCAHO, CAP, CLIA. Specific requirements depend on the type of testing, who holds the CLIA '88 certificate, and the specific laboratory's accrediting agency. This session provides participants with an up-to-date view of the regulatory environment and strategies for meeting the myriad of regulatory requirements. Emphasis is placed on understanding the regulations and formulating strategies for passing inspections. Specifically, the topics to be discussed include: essentials needed to comply with the latest regulatory mandates, suggestions for structuring different testing situations and strategies for preparing for and passing inspection while avoiding commonly cited deficiencies.

Point-of-Care Testing Improves Outcomes

Pro: Point-of-care testing (POCT) represents a new testing paradigm. POCT, using quick and accurate tests, allows for immediate patient assessment and management. Patients are treated promptly and moved through the healthcare system efficiently. Obtaining appropriate test results when needed results in reduced length of stay and costs to the institution. In addition, clinician and staff time is better used and patient satisfaction with the healthcare system improves.

AARC 50th Anniversary, December 6 - 9, 1997, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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