FEB 21, 2023 10:00 AM PST

Cystatin C and Race-free GFR Estimation: Evaluating both clinical guidelines and laboratory perspectives on more widespread implementation

Sponsored by: Siemens Healthineers
C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE

Event Date & Time
Date:  February 21, 2023
Time: 10:00am (PST),  1:00pm (EST), 7:00pm (CET)
The use of algorithms that alter patient medical care based on race has fallen under increasing criticism, as race-based medicine has been shown to contribute to healthcare disparities. In response, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and American Society of Nephrology (ASN) formed the “Task Force on Reassessing the Inclusion of Race in Diagnosing Kidney Diseases”. One of the primary recommendations of the final report (September 2021) was to “facilitate increased, routine, and timely use of cystatin C", as eGFR based on cystatin C alone has never relied on a race parameter to estimate GFR.
Given recommendations by ASN-NKF Task Force to increase use of cystatin C, two key perspectives are discussed:
(1) the current state of cystatin C assay performance and standardization, as well as the barriers and potential strategies to aid in more widespread implementation of cystatin C testing in clinical laboratories.
(2) the clinical evaluation of cystatin C results under the new recommendations, and differences in eGFR values compared to the former guidelines using serum creatinine values.
This webinar is designed for clinicians and laboratorians interested in learning more about this area of Cystatin C and Race-free GFR Estimation, particularly those new to this field or in need of a refresher.
Learning Objectives
  • Understand the importance of accurate GFR estimates in evaluating patient kidney function
  • Describe the origins and consequences of race-based estimated glomerular filtration (eGFR)  
  • Discuss role of cystatin C in NKF-ASN task force guidelines recommending race-free GFR estimation
  • Identify strategies to expand implementation of cystatin C testing in clinical labs for eGFR
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Labroots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this webinar, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit once you have viewed the webinar in its entirety.

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