I am a big supporter of Point-of-Care testing (POCT), when it is appropriate. There is no question that we need to be consistently looking at how we can provide quality testing closer to the patient to provide more rapid turnaround testing to aid in diagnosis and appropriate treatment. However, the trade off with POCT is that it is not always as precise or as sensitive as the testing performed in the laboratory. So how do you know when to do POCT?
Here’s a link to a good, short article from Clinical Laboratory News by Kathleen David, MT(ASCP) at TriCore Reference Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico related to this topic.