Point-of-care testing: Implementation is all. Communication is key

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Point-of-care testing (POCT) is being evaluated now for its work-place efficiencies and obvious improvements in acquiring data to help in the diagnostic and therapeutic processes in the ICU. POCT is being advanced not just because of the technical improvements in POCT but also because of the changing nature of the hospital environment. The role of the hospital laboratory is being diminished by internal cost-containment pressures and by the evolution of hospital network laboratories. Cost models that address work-flow and other process enhancements are being used to assess the cost-effectiveness of POCT. Despite the seemingly inexorable spread of POCT, its optimal implementation will come about only through the cooperative efforts of the central laboratory and other hospital departments. In particular, such cooperation will be vital in ensuring that POCT services comply with regulatory mandates. The payoff for political awareness in this setting will be a strong and productive POCT program that will continue to prosper as new technical innovations are introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-244
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Critical Illness
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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