Best practices in the implementation of a point of care testing program: Experience from a tertiary care hospital in a developing country

Aysha Habib Khan, Shahid Shakeel, Khairunnissa Hooda, Kashif Siddiqui, Lena Jafri

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Abstract

Implementation of a structured Point of Care Test (POCT) program is challenging. Traditionally POCT was unregulated and the aim was to introduce a structured POCT program at our tertiary care hospital to ensure compliance with regulatory standards. The purpose of this article is to describe how a hospital in a developing country with limited resources has approached POCT program initiative. The benefits offered by such systems, including cost-effectiveness, robustness and the ability to generate reliable accurate POCT results in a short time, are appropriate to the clinical and social needs of the developing world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-302
Number of pages15
JournalElectronic Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Volume30
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Accuracy
  • Laboratory
  • Point of care
  • Quality
  • Safety

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