2023 Preanalytical Conference

Implementing Preanalytical Tools That Improve Patient Care
  • Start Date
    Oct 20, 2023
  • End Date
    Oct 21, 2023
  • CE Credits
    Up to 10.0 ACCENT Credits
  • Duration
    1.5 days

*Please note that this program schedule is subject to change.

Day 1 – Friday, October 20, 2023


Registration/Breakfast | 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

 

Opening Keynote | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Juniper Ballroom
Moderator: Chris Farnsworth, PhD, DABCC | Washington University in St. Louis

Working with Nursing to Improve Specimen Quality
Eugenio Zabaleta, PhD | OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital

 

Session 1: Preanalytical Informatics and Ordering | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Juniper Ballroom
Moderator: Sarah Wheeler, PhD | University of Pittsburgh

Learn the informatics components that lead to improved preanalytical processes from ordering until testing. Speakers will provide best practices, tools, and approaches that can be implemented in common informatics infrastructures to improve: ordering, point-of-care testing preanalytical concerns, and tying together the full preanalytical informatics pipeline. Speakers will emphasize changes and best practices that are possible with existing systems. The session will close with a panel discussion.

Working With the System You Have: Strategies to Improve Laboratory Stewardship
Jane Dickerson, PhD, DABCC | Seattle Children's Hospital

Utilizing Information Technology Tools in Point-of-Care Testing to Improve Patient Care
Edward Leung, PhD, DABCC, FADLM | Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Revolutionizing the Preanalytical Phase: Leveraging Informatics for Quality Improvement
Darci Block, PhD, DABCC | Mayo Clinic

Panel Discussion

 

AM Break and Poster Walkthrough | 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Take a break and check out the posters on various phases of the preanalytical phase cycle. View posters being presented.

 

Breakout 1 | 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Concurrent interactive breakout sessions facilitated by faculty on the program.

Competency Assessment for Lab Phlebotomist Versus Non-Lab
Eugenio Zabaleta, PhD | OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital
Juniper Ballroom

Case-Based Approaches to Solving Preanalytical Failures
Joe El-Khoury, PhD, DABCC, FADLM | Yale University
Logan Breakout Room

Quality Metrics to Improve Preanalytical Failures in Pediatrics
Amy Pyle-Eilola, PhD | Nationwide Children's Hospital
Rittenhouse Breakout Room

Sustainable Specimen Transport Solutions
Joe Wiencek, PhD, DABCC, FADLM | Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Washington Breakout Room

 

Lunch/Networking Break | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

 

Optional Sponsored Lunch-and-Learn | 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.

Logan Breakout Room
Bring your lunch to the optional sponsored Lunch-and-Learn.

The Future of Blood Collection: Trends, Challenges & Opportunities for Capillary Collection
Arun Nair, PhD | BD Life Sciences-Integrated Diagnostic Systems

Due to challenges with current capillary blood collection methods, capillary blood is not widely used for traditional blood testing. Capillary blood collection is often cumbersome and lacks consistency due to the inability to control the amount of pressure applied to the patient finger, often resulting in poor sample quality (i.e., hemolysis and dilution of the sample with interstitial fluid). Standardization of the capillary collection process could enable blood collection in a variety of non-traditional healthcare settings that provide convenience and accessibility for patients. This shift to new healthcare settings can transform the way patient care is delivered and managed. In this session, we will discuss current challenges with capillary collection and areas where innovation can standardize collection practices and improve sample quality.

 

Breakout 2 | 1:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Concurrent interactive breakout sessions facilitated by faculty on the program.

Methods for Limiting the Preanalytical Impact of Internal Transport on Patient Specimens
Chris Farnsworth, PhD, DABCC | Washington University in St. Louis
Juniper Ballroom

To Delta Check or Not Delta Check?
Darci Block, PhD, DABCC | Mayo Clinic
Logan Breakout Room

Sharing Successes/Failures With Clinical Decision Support
Jane Dickerson, PhD, DABCC | Seattle Children's Hospital
Rittenhouse Breakout Room

Storyboarding E-Learning Modules to Educate Nurses/Non-laboratory Staff
Reid Rosehill, MS, MT (ASCP) | UCSF Medical Center
Washington Breakout Room

 

Session 2: Focus on Sample Collection and Transportation | 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Juniper Ballroom
Moderator: Joe El-Khoury, PhD, DABCC, FADLM | Yale University

In this session, speakers will review the latest science and best practice guidelines on sample collection and transportation to the clinical laboratory. From learning best practices to collect blood while avoiding hemolysis and contamination, to proper dried blood spot collections and appropriately transporting these samples to the laboratory via pneumatic tube systems, robots, drones or couriers. Speakers will also provide key recommendations to help improve the overall process of collecting and getting that sample to your laboratory. The session will close with a panel discussion.

Reducing Specimen Hemolysis and Blood Culture Contamination in the Emergency Department Through Automated Collector Evaluations
Mark Zaydman, MD, PhD | Washington University in St. Louis

Dried Blood Spots in Clinical Microbiology: A New Specimen Source?
Elitza Theel, PhD, D(ABMM) | Mayo Clinic

On the Trail of External Specimen Transport Guidance: A CLSI Document Update
Joe Wiencek, PhD, DABCC, FADLM | Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Panel Discussion

 

Breakout 3 | 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent interactive breakout sessions facilitated by faculty on the program.

Bottlenecks in Pursuing At-home and DBS Collection
Elitza Theel, PhD, D(ABMM) | Mayo Clinic
Chris Farnsworth, PhD, DABCC | Washington University in St. Louis
Logan Breakout Room

What Can Laboratorians Employ to Detect Contamination in Specimens Submitted for Chemistry, Hematology, or Coagulation Testing?
Anna Merrill, PhD, DABCC | University of Iowa
Rittenhouse Breakout Room

Speedy Solvers
Sarah Wheeler, PhD | University of Pittsburgh
Washington Breakout Room

 

Reception and Poster Walkthrough | 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Finish day one of the conference by networking with your colleagues and exploring posters on various phases of the preanalytical phase cycle. View posters being presented.

 

Day 2 – Saturday, October 21, 2023


Breakfast | 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

 

Sponsored Educational Symposium | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Juniper Ballroom

From Gel to Mechanical Separator: Implementation of New Blood Collection Tubes in a Large Tertiary Care Centre
Jennifer Shea, PhD, FCACB | Horizon Health Network

In this session, the speaker will provide an overview of the implementation of a novel blood collection tube for routine chemistry testing that utilizes a mechanical separator to separate plasma from the cellular components of blood. A summary of the various validation experiments that were performed will be provided followed by an in-depth discussion of all the logistic and operational considerations that had been considered when making such a large change in practice. The speaker will conclude with a summary of the lessons learned from this project.

 

Session 3: Laboratory Optimization | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Juniper Ballroom
Moderator: Amy Pyle-Eilola, PhD | Nationwide Children's Hospital

Learn how to get the most out of your lab by optimizing operations. This session will cover pre-automation, total laboratory automation, and how to extend HIL indices so you can reject fewer samples. Speakers will share their own experiences and practical tips for your laboratories. The session will close with a panel discussion.

Total Lab Automation: Has It Lived Up to the Hype?
Ann Gronowski, PhD, DABCC | Washington University School of Medicine

Pre-Automation in Lab: A Case Study in Increasing Auto-Receive Rate
Reid Rosehill, MS, MT (ASCP) | UCSF Medical Center

What the HIL?!? Refining Vendor Claims to Maximize Reporting Without Sacrificing Quality
Anna Merrill, PhD, DABCC | University of Iowa

Panel Discussion

 

Break | 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

 

Breakout 4 | 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Concurrent interactive breakout sessions facilitated by faculty on the program.

Best Practices Preventing Hemolysis During Specimen Collection
Mark Zaydman, MD, PhD | Washington University in St. Louis
Logan Breakout Room

What Would Effective Lab Automation Look Like?
Ann Gronowski, PhD, DABCC | Washington University School of Medicine
Rittenhouse Breakout Room

Are You Leveraging IT Tools in Your POCT Program? How Do You Get to a Robust and Sustainable Process?
Edward Leung, PhD, DABCC, FADLM | Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Washington Breakout Room

 

Closing Keynote | 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Juniper Ballroom
Moderator: Chris Farnsworth, PhD, DABCC | Washington University in St. Louis

Preanalytics and Non-traditional Collection Environments: The Role of the Lab in Underserved Communities
Karissa Culbreath, PhD, D(ABMM) | TriCore Reference Laboratories