Regional Events

The ARUP Institute for Learning is committed to supporting educational events that advance the practice of laboratory medicine and improve quality patient care by providing guest speakers at local and regional meetings. Listed below are the current events where the Institute for Learning is providing sponsored speakers.


MAR
17
CAMLT's 2018 Spring Seminar South
Kaiser Regional Laboratory
North Hollywood, CA

Christina Kulakowski, BS
Safety and Industrial Hygiene Coordinator, ARUP Laboratories

Building a Culture of Safety in the Laboratory

When most employees think of a company safety program, they think of very restrictive, sometimes unrealistic, and often overboard rules and regulations, focusing on what will get them in trouble if they don’t obey. This fear, coupled with the perception that safety is just common sense, limits the ability for a safety program to motivate workforce behaviors and make meaningful improvements to the culture within an organization. This workshop will summarize basic human behavior, including how most employees, without realizing it, have been conditioned to disregard safety rules and regulations. We will also identify the concepts of a traditional safety program and compare those with the concepts of a behavioral safety program. We will continue the discussion with how to create and maintain a positive safety culture by establishing a behavior-based safety program.

Laboratory Ergonomics

Having a strong ergonomics program can help decrease workers compensation claims and improve employee’s performance. This workshop will focus on what ergonomics is and why it is an important element of a comprehensive occupational health and safety program. We will review proper workstation setup, as well as laboratory ergonomic work practices and principals with a focus on repetitive tasks such as microscope use, pipetting, and miscellaneous hand tool and computer use. Additionally, we will identify what to include in an ergonomics program—from effective training to ergonomic assessments and everything in between. Additionally, we will discuss specific laboratory case studies and work through problem-solving exercises to identify risk factors in a laboratory setting and how to mitigate the identified risk.


MAR
11
Cheaper by the Dozen 2018
Ramada Inn
Fresno, CA

Justin R. Rhees, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBBCM
Assistant Professor/Program Director, University of Utah

Advanced Antibody Identification: Case Studies

Difficult antibody identification cases in transfusion can be easily resolved with knowledge of blood group antigen characteristics, antibody idiosyncrasies, and established algorithms. This presentation will explore several advanced cases, and you may be a bit surprised at the end when the answer isn’t exactly what you expect.

Laboratory Investigation of Transfusion Reactions: Case Studies

Many of the signs and symptoms of transfusion reactions are shared. Not all reactions are diagnosed by tests performed in the laboratory. This session includes a review of the characteristics of acute and delayed hemolytic and nonhemolytic transfusion reactions, and case studies.


MAR
4
2018 Tulare-Kings Chapter CAMLT Annual Seminar Series
Visalia Convention Center
Visalia, CA

Justin R. Rhees, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, SBBCM
Assistant Professor/Program Director, University of Utah

Transfusion Reactions: Case Studies; Reporting Critical Values

Many of the signs and symptoms of transfusion reactions are shared, and not all reactions are diagnosed by tests performed in the laboratory. This session includes a review of the characteristics of acute and delayed hemolytic and nonhemolytic transfusion reactions, and several case studies will be presented.

Reporting Critical Values: Improving Efficacy with SBAR Technology

Medical Errors lead to significant morbidity and mortality among hospitalized patients. Preventable adverse events caused by medical errors can be reduced through effective, standardized communication techniques such as SBAR and closed-loop communication.


FEB
8
Transfusion and Laboratory Medicine Conference
Double Tree
Dallas, TX

Suzanne Carasso, MBA, MT(ASCP)

The Accountable Care Laboratory: Delivering Value Beyond Test Results

This presentation will address the transition from traditional to accountable care laboratory models and highlight ways in which laboratories can deliver value well beyond producing test results. The speaker will present a roadmap for building a utilization management program and provide specific examples of successful approaches that contain cost and promote better outcomes.

  • Define the role of the laboratory in an accountable care organization.
  • List five components of the utilization management roadmap.
  • Cite two key objectives of an accountable care laboratory.


JAN
19
ASCLS-CO 2018 Winter Seminar
5th floor Saccomanno Education Center, St. Mary's Hospital
Grand Junction, CO

Suzanne Carasso, MBA, MT(ASCP)

The Sustainable Laboratory: Perspectives on Laboratory Outreach

Historically, laboratories have operated as revenue centers within hospitals, with providers ordering tests and payers willing to reimburse. Today, labs are trending toward becoming cost centers, with ever-diminishing profit margins. Subsequently, some health system administrators are asking ‘Why keep the laboratory in-house when we can outsource and cut costs?’ Commoditizing laboratory medicine may sound viable at first glance, but on deeper review, is not a sustainable strategy. Competitive differentiation comes from demonstrating unique value the laboratory provides that goes well beyond the price of a test or a test result. Laboratory outreach is emerging as an opportunity for labs to provide value to hospitals and health systems by providing testing services for all patient types, regardless of location. In addition to lowering unit costs, increasing outreach test volumes provide new revenue streams, positions the laboratory to utilize excess capacity and operate more efficiently. This session will include an overview of trends impacting labs, differentiate between price and value, and provide detail on laboratory outreach as an integral part of the sustainable laboratory.

Survival of the Fittest: Transforming Your Lab from Cost to Value Center

  • Understand top trends that impact clinical labs and influence outsourcing decisions.
  • Differentiate price versus value.
  • Identify ways in which labs deliver value to parent organizations.
  • Evaluate laboratory outreach as a strategy for labs to transition from cost to value centers.
  • Examine critical success factors for successful outreach programs.