The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is offering an hour-long Webinar "Justifying POCT in the ED: A Group A Strep Testing Case Study" on Wednesday, October 19.

Although culture is the gold standard in testing for group A strep (GAS) infections, rapid antigen detection assays performed at the point-of-care have become the first line of testing for GAS infections in many physicians’ offices and hospitals. In busy pediatric EDs, the use of POC tests for group A strep can lead to greater efficiency in the diagnosis and treatment of patients presenting with symptoms consistent with a GAS infection.

During this Webinar, attendees will hear how Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have benefitted from implementing group A strep testing in their health system emergency departments. Two laboratorians and an ED physician will discuss why introducing rapid strep testing in the EDs made sense from a clinical standpoint, led to shorter ED visits, and improved patient satisfaction.

For more information or to register, click here.

Source: AACC