Infectious Diseases Pathway

Sunday

192009 Maximizing the Impact and Value of Laboratory Automation: Lessons Learned from Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology

Automation has the potential to improve laboratory accuracy, efficiency, and throughput. Total laboratory automation is widely used in clinical chemistry laboratories, and instrumentation to automate culture-based testing is now available and is being implemented in microbiology laboratories. This multi-disciplinary session for AACC University will bring together laboratory medicine professionals from chemistry and microbiology to discuss total laboratory automation, including validation, implementation, and clinical impact. Learn more.

Monday

32433 Sepsis: Novel Biomarkers, New Technology, and Predictive Analytics

This session will highlight recent advances in our understanding and approach to the diagnosis and management of sepsis. Sepsis is the leading cause of in-hospital mortality and is defined as life threatening organ dysfunction caused by a deregulated host response to infection. There will be a specific focus on the pathophysiology of sepsis and utility of neutrophils as emerging biomarkers of sepsis. In addition, novel technologies and diagnostic approaches will be presented, including the use of predictive analytics in sepsis management. Learn more.

Wednesday

44102 or 54202 The Trials and Triumphs of HIV Testing

New generations of HIV immunoassays for screening and confirmation are now available. The discussion will center on the challenges of using these assays and the integration of their results into HIV testing algorithms where the turnaround time may be crucial for patient care. Learn more.

44107 or 54207 HIV Diagnostics: Past, Present, and Future

Early testing can alert patients to avoid high-risk behaviors that can spread the virus to others. Most healthcare providers offer early HIV testing, often with appropriate counseling. However, health care providers do not necessarily understand the test results, and they often need to consult with clinical laboratory professionals. This session will review the current algorithms and testing available to help clinical laboratory professionals understand the nuances of HIV testing. Learn more.

34108 Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine 2019 Hot Topics: Sepsis Diagnosis and Management—The Role of Novel Biomarkers and Procalcitonin Confounders

Sepsis, a widespread medical emergency, occurs in approximately 6% of hospitalizations but causes one third of hospital deaths. Speakers will explore how the biomarkers iNOS and Human Neutophil Lipocalin may assist in guiding urgent, life-saving management of early sepsis. The session will also address how procalcitonin measurement may be useful, including its pros, cons, and limitations. Learn more.

Thursday

35105 Opportunities and New Approaches to Guide Utilization of Urine-Based Testing for Diagnosis of Infectious Disease

Recent advances in urine collection devices and diagnostic testing have provided opportunities for clinical laboratories to improve upon stagnant practices that may have deleterious effects on test utilization and result quality. This case-based session will highlight the importance of pre-analytical variables in urine testing, describe the impact of reflex algorithms on urine culture utilization, and describe how laboratory-based initiatives to reduce unnecessary urine testing can support value-based care. Learn more.