Nova Biomedical
You are Invited To Attend a
Nova Biomedical Educational Seminar
Undetected Point-of-Care Hypoglycemia Can
Be Life-Threatening to the Patient

Bedside glucose testing is one of the most commonly performed tests in the hospital and many clinicians take the accuracy and reliability of these results for granted. However, certain glucose meters have interferences from medications and other endogenous factors that can cause erroneous glucose meter results. Five recently published papers have reported that inaccurate results from these meters have lead to improper treatment, such as giving insulin to a patient who is hypoglycemic, which can cause catastrophic outcomes including death. This is an ongoing, real-life problem, with erroneous glucose meter results and inappropriate insulin administration.1-5 In addition to adverse events, meter errors can cause increased length of stay and cost of hospitalization.

This seminar will show how outcomes are achieved through improved glucose meter accuracy, discuss factors which can affect accuracy of some glucose meters and how to avoid them, and review implementation of an interference-free bedside glucose testing system which protects patients and providers.

  • Using comparative reference methods to evaluate glucose meter systems
  • Evaluating glucose interferants (e.g., hematocrit, other sugars, acetaminophen, ascorbic acid
  • Preventing glucose meter interferences and adverse events
  • Implementing a hospital-wide POC glucose testing program that includes critically ill patients
  • FDA and CMS regulations for glucose meter use with critically ill patients

Nam TranNam Tran
Professor and Senior Director of Clinical Pathology, University of California, Davis Medical Center

Naveen BangiaNaveen Bangia
Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs
Nova Biomedical

Dennis BegosDennis Begos
Senior Medical Director, Medical and Scientific Affairs, Nova Biomedical. Former Chair of the Dept. of Surgery and President of the medical staff, Winchester Hospital, MA. Assistant professor, Tufts University School of Medicine, MA

Brystal RomeroBrystal Romero
Point-of-Care Supervisor, UC Davis Health Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Diana HullihenDiana Hullihen
Network Manager Point of Care Testing and Laboratory Safety
St. Luke's University Hospital

Dennis BegosCody Maddox
POC Coordinator, Pathology Department, LifeBridge Health – Sinai, Baltimore, MD

Julie BlasiniJulie Blasini
POC Coordinator, Level 1 Trauma Center

Miranda CotterMiranda Cotter
POC Laboratory Manager, Level 1 Trauma Center

  Dates and Locations

Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District
Houston, TX

Thursday, August 22

Chase Park PlazaChase Park Plaza
St. Louis, MO

Thursday, September 12

Palmetto Marriott ResortPalmetto Marriott Resort
Sarasota, FL

Thursday, September 19

W HotelW Hotel
Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, October 3

  Educational Credits
This program has been approved by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for 2.5 CERPs, Synergy CERP Category A, File Number 24813. Approval refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN approval or endorsement of content of this educational activity, or the products mentioned. This program offers 2.5 hours of P.A.C.E. continuing education credits.
Seminar begins at 8:30 am. Presentations follow until 12:00 pm. The seminar includes complimentary breakfast, buffet lunch and parking.

  1. Orija, et al. DOI:
  2. Krabbe, et al. DOI:
  3. Katzman, et al. DOI:
  4. Lachance, et al. DOI:
  5. Daan Ten Berge, et al. DOI:

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