Accuracy at the time of care

Point-of-care hCG Testing

Optimizing Patient Outcomes with Point-of-Care hCG Testing

By Jack J. Zakowski, PhD, FACB

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Date & Time 

Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00) 

About the webinar

Both false positives and false negatives for a pregnancy test are clinically significant concerns for the healthcare profession. In an acute care setting, false negative results can lead to inappropriate procedures and therapies for pregnant women. 


False negative results can increase patient risk and hospital costs by exposing the pregnant patient to procedures that are known to be harmful during pregnancy, especially procedures such as exposure to x-rays and ingestion of contraindicated medications which can harm the fetus.

False negatives can also create delays in obtaining prenatal care. Similarly, false positives can delay necessary treatments. A variety of factors contribute to both false negatives and false positives including low sensitivities, molecular variants, hook effects and other causes.

In this webinar, we will review the current state of hCG testing in POC settings, discuss the limitations and advantages of current methods, and identify recommendations for optimizing pregnancy testing.

About the Speaker

Jack J. Zakowski, PhD, FACB

Dr. Zakowski has devoted his career to healthcare, entering the clinical chemistry field over 30 years ago. Serving on the board of directors of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) - a leader in standards development around the world - he has worked to promote the development and use of voluntary consensus standards and guidelines within the healthcare community. Dr. Zakowski is currently the President of CLSI. Dr. Zakowski received his doctorate in biochemistry from UC Davis, and completed his training fellowship in clinical chemistry from the University of Virginia Hospital.

This on-demand webinar:

  • Describes the current state of POC hCG testing
  • Identifies potential limitations with POC hCG methods
  • Analyzes ways to optimize pregnancy testing to increase patient safety
  • Differentiates important operating characteristics of various POC hCG testing format

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