The National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) recently announced its second summer tour to "train-the-trainer."
The national tour teaches pharmacists how to train their peers to administer point-of-care testing in the pharmacy. The initial five stops of the tour are in California, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
“This program is geared to train trainers who are then qualified to provide services like point-of-care testing, that improve patients’ access to quality and efficient care,” NACDS President and CEO Steven C. Anderson said. “This program is tribute to what can be accomplished through effective coordination of care. We look forward to building on the highly successful and well-received launch of this national tour, which visited 12 cities in the summer of 2015.”
Point-of-care testing uses technology to improve treatment for flu, strep throat and other conditions. The two-day stop includes a continuing education (CE) certificate program and the "train-the-trainer" component. Participants who complete the training will be able to teach the program to their colleagues.
The NACDS Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing certificate program provides 20 hours of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credits. Participants will learn how to administer point-of-care tests and assess patients' health and physical status.