POINT OF CARE TESTING, POCT
Today no matter patients or medical staff pay more and more attention to the speed and convenience of medical needs. In the past, rapid diagnostic test was needed to consider accuracy. However in the light of the development of technology, in recent years has grown more and more fast and accurate point of care testing (POCT).
After studying, such rapid, small volume, convenient operation of point of care testing (POCT) confirmed that POCT can significantly advance to improve clinical outcomes. Also POCT is in higher growing trend in testing market.
What is POCT?
Point of care testing (POCT) refers to bedside testing conducted outside the lab, further defined in the ISO 22870:
POCT is a testing at or near the patient's bedside, and can get the results within minutes. Patient care may be altered by the results.
POCT is usually operated by non-medical lab scientist but medical staff. The operator (for example: doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, etc.) can operate POCT after training. Accuracy, calibration, and quality control of POCT can be evaluated and managed by laboratory. Currently POCT is used by ER, ICU or other research laboratory.