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Twitter Chat: Ramping Up Your Lab’s COVID-19 Testing Capabilities: Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Join this Twitter Chat (#capchat) to discuss the challenges that pathologists are facing (and overcoming) as more laboratories implement COVID-19 diagnostic testing amidst a global pandemic.

#capchat Leaders

  • Host: Ziad El-Zaatari, MD, FCAP, tweeting from CAP Twitter handle (@Pathologists)
  • Guests: Bobbi Pritt, MD, FCAP (@ParasiteGal); Donald Karcher, MD, FCAP, (@DonKarcherMD); the CAP’s Advocacy office (@CAPDCAdvocacy) will be participating to address regulatory questions.

Chat Discussion Questions

  1. What challenges in COVID-19 testing has your lab overcome, and what challenges remain?
  2. What advice would you give to other labs?
  3. How have regulatory procedures helped or hindered your lab’s efforts in the current situation? 
  4. How has your usual lab workflow changed to accommodate COVID-19 testing?

Note: This Twitter chat will be following a Q&A format. The host, tweeting from @Pathologists, will ask questions or post discussion topics (beginning with Q1, Q2, etc.); the leaders will post answers starting with “A” and the corresponding question number (A1, A2, etc.). Ask your question or comment on one of the discussion questions/answers by referencing the specific discussion question beginning your tweet with “QX”, with X referring to the question number.

How to Participate

  1. Follow along on the #capchat hashtag. Invite your followers to join the chat.
  2. Introduce yourself, where you are from, and any relevant professional details to the group.
  3. Respond to the Q’s using A1, A2, A3, etc.

Tip: Mute or block any bots taking over your feed. Ask questions and share your best tips and tricks with the group.

Pre-Chat Reading Material

Diagnosing COVID-19: How OHSU Pathologists Launched Testing in 15 Days
Diagnosing COVID-19: Advice from UW Pathologists on Ramping Up Testing Capacity

Past Chat Information and Wrap-Ups

Twitter Chat

Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Time: 9 PM – 10 PM (ET)

Read the Twitter Chat Wrap-Up Right Arrow