Competency Assessment for Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) (by LabCE)

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

(based on 158 customer ratings)

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

Course provided by LabCE.

This course is intended to discuss the application of competency assessment for point-of-care testing (POCT). Personnel roles and requirements within the POCT competency assessment program are included, as well as guidelines for assessment, tools appropriate for use with POCT methods, and possible corrective actions for failed POCT competency assessment.

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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 578-018-17, approved through 5/30/2019
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 1 hour(s)
Course number 20-575877, approved through 9/1/2018

Objectives

  • Define competency assessment for point-of-care testing (POCT).
  • Outline guidelines for competency assessment as applied to POCT.
  • Describe competency assessment tools appropriate for use with specific POCT methods.
  • Outline specific parameters to be included in the competency assessment program for employees performing POCT.
  • Specify personnel roles and competency assessment requirements for each POCT position.
  • Discuss possible corrective actions for failed POCT competency assessment.

Customer Ratings

(based on 158 customer ratings)

Course Outline

  • Definition of competency assessment
      • Defining Competency
  • Competency Testing as Applied to POCT
      • General Considerations for Competency Assessment of POCT
      • Guidelines for Competency Testing
      • Six Evaluation Types to be Included in the Competency Assessment Plan for POCT
  • Competency Assessment Tools Appropriate for POCT
      • Competency Assessment Tools
  • Testing Schedule for Persons Performing POCT
      • Competency Assessment Activities To Be Included in POCT
      • Competency Assessment Frequency
      • Documentation for Competency Assessment of POCT
  • Personnel to be Assessed and Persons who can perform the assessment
      • Qualified Personnel to Perform POCT Competency Assessment
      • Personnel To be Assessed
  • Corrective Action for Failed Competency Assessment
      • Corrective Action for Failed Competency Assessment
  • 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 University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Chestertown.

Course description: This course is intended to discuss the application of competency assessment for point-of-care testing (POCT). Personnel roles and requirements within the POCT competency assessment program are included, as well as guidelines for assessment, tools appropriate for use with POCT methods, and possible corrective actions for failed POCT competency assessment.

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