by JAMES CRILLY - QC MARKETING MANAGER - RANDOX LABORATORIES LTD.
Introduction to POCT
Point of care testing (POCT) refers to testing that is performed near or at the site of a patient with the result leading to a possible change in the care of the patient. The popularity and demand of POCT has been growing rapidly, however, this should come as no surprise as there are many advantages to POCT, for example, the convenience of being able to obtain a rapid result at the patient’s bedside, thus allowing immediate action, saving time and improving the potential outcome for the patient.
Although there are many benefits of using POCT devices in terms of their convenience, these benefits are only true if the results produced are both accurate and reliable. Ensuring accuracy and reliability is the primary responsibility of Quality Control.
by BARRY CRAIG
Q: What would you consider the top 5 criteria for someone choosing a chemistry analyzer for a POL running tests for 5-10 family practice or internal medicine providers? In working on this process I've been comparing the CV's for Proficiency testing for analytes on two systems. One is a system that has hundreds of sites; the other has fewer than 20 in their peer group. Do CV values become more significant with bigger peer groups?
by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP)
The convergence of two powerful forces are changing the practice of laboratory medicine in ways never imagined a generation ago. These twin forces are the movement to value-based healthcare from the fee-for-service model and the rapid development of mobile technology allowing for continuous healthcare monitoring of patients beyond the clinical setting.