19th Annual Point of Care Coordinators Forum

Pivot, Don’t Panic! How POC Stopped Scurrying and Learned How to Manage the Pandemic with Aplomb

Date: September 30, 2021
Time: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, C108-C109, Atlanta, GA
Credits: 2.0 ACCENT credits
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The first year of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to the laboratory community. Point of Care Coordinators (POCCs) areaccustomed to working in high-pressure environments, however most POCCs continue to face issues directly or indirectly caused by the pandemic, and many POCCs remain in unfamiliar territory regarding Emergency Use Authorizations and changing guidance from the CDC.

Our presenting subject matter experts will share the knowledge and experience they gained during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic pertaining to Point of CareTesting (POCT). Topics include use of Emergency Use Authorizations and validation studies, CDC guidance regarding the antigen tests and the reportingof POC tests, and lessons learned related to the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters, touching on application of Emergency Management principles.

Program Schedule (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

  • EUA - What are the Implications?,Shelley Martire, MLS(ASCP)
  • The Expansion of Point-of-Care Testing During the COVID-19 Pandemic,Jasmine Chaitram-Lawson
  • Who Knew Our Future Depended on NP Swabs? And Other Concerns, Peggy A. Mann, MT(ASCP), CPP
  • Panel Q&A


At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the use of Emergency Use Authorizations.
  • Identify components of a verification/validation study.
  • Explain how to demonstrate compliance for verification studies.
  • Identify special considerations for testing processes and maintaining compliance.
  • Explain CLIA requirements for POC tests, key points in CDC guidance regarding the use of antigen tests, and challenges with reporting POC tests.
  • Describe challenges, outcomes, and lessons learned related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus COVID-19 pandemic, touching on application of Emergency Management principles.
  • Explore the ability of POCCs to pivot to handle events such as pandemics or disasters.


Jasmine Chaitram-Lawson,
Associate Director for Laboratory Preparedness, CDC

Mrs. Jasmine Chaitram-Lawson has more than 17 years of experience in developing and managing laboratory preparedness and response programs. In 1998, Mrs. Chaitram-Lawson began her CDC career by administering an international quality assurance program for 300 laboratories in 35 countries to detect emerging pathogens with resistance to antibiotics. Within the same division, she moved on to develop reference antimicrobial susceptibility test methods for potential agents of bioterrorism. Her experience working with biological threat organisms in a Biosafety Level 3 laboratory led to a position with the Division of Preparedness and Emerging Infections (DPEI) with the Laboratory Reponses Network for Biological Threats (LRN-B) in 2003. In this role, she developed a robust proficiency testing program, a model for estimating laboratory surge capacity and a system for standardized electronic data exchange. In 2011, Mrs. Chaitram-Lawson assumed a leadership role as Deputy Branch Chief for the Laboratory Preparedness and Response Branch in DPEI with oversight for developing branch priorities, chairing several interagency workgroups and creating policies to improve and sustain network operations. Since 2016, Ms. Chaitram-Lawson has served as the Associate Director for Laboratory Preparedness and Chief of the Informatics and Data Science Branch in the Division of Laboratory Systems. She has led the Division’s COVID-19 response efforts since January 2020 serving as a liaison between CDC and testing facilities and has collaborated with others to develop testing guidance, leads national biweekly calls and stood up the Laboratory Outreach and Communication System. Mrs. Chaitram-Lawson received her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology, B.S. in Medical Technology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.

Peggy A. Mann, MT(ASCP), CPP
Program Manager, University of Texas Medical Branch

Peggy Mann is a Certified POC Professional at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She is currently a Program Manager in the Department of Clinics Administration and through work in this department over 15 years, she extended her laboratory experience into the environment of care, clinic operations, clinical infection control and a wide application of point of care testing. Ms. Mann has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings for UTMB for 39 years with 20+ of those developing and overseeing POCT. Ms. Mann received her B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and her M.S. from the University of Houston. She volunteers with the Association for Diagnostics & Laboratory Medicine (ADLM), ADLM CPOCT Division, the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI), ASCP, and the CAP POC Committee. She is a Board member in the Southwest Regional POC Group and co-hosts the Texas Gulf Coast POCC Group annual webinars. Ms. Mann received numerous awards from ADLM CPOCT, CLSI, Southwest Regional POC Group, and received a UTMB President’s ‘Way to Go’ Award. She publishes and presents on POCT topics, with a focus lately on applying Emergency Management principles to POCT operations.

Shelley Martire, MLS(ASCP)
Senior Technical Specialist, College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Shelley Martire received her degree in Medical Technology from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. She has worked as a Team Lead and Point of Care Coordinator at Advocate Dreyer Medical Clinic and as a Blood Bank Technician at Advocate Christ Hospital. Since 2014, Ms. Martire has worked for the College of American Pathologists, Laboratory Accreditation Program as a Senior Technical Specialist. At the College, she is responsible for review of laboratories in post inspection. In addition to technical experience as a Generalist and Blood Banker, Ms. Martire also has experience in Laboratory Management, Quality Management, Process Improvement and is currently in charge of the Point of Care Checklist.


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Faculty disclosures of relevant financial relationship(s) will be provided in respective presentation materials.


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This education activity will be submitted to ADLM for approval of up to 2.0 ACCENT credits.


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