Point of Care Testing or POCT is patient testing done at the actual location of the patient. This testing process provides efficient and quality patient care. POCT allows the transmission of results in real-time and enables medical professionals to make rapid decisions when diagnosing patients. Here are some advantages to point of care testing:
1. Easy-to-use: Point-of-care testing is easy to understand and can be used by any clinical personnel that is not trained in clinical laboratory sciences.
2. Faster results: Point-of-care testing can be performed near the patients and produces results faster than laboratory-tested samples, providing physicians with answers that can quickly determine the course of action or patient treatments.
3. Cost-effective: Facilities that use Point-of-care testing benefit from the speed at which physicians receive test results, provide a diagnosis, and give the proper treatment to patients. POCT decreases the length of stay of a patient in healthcare facilities, enabling physicians to provide care to other patients, reducing the cost of healthcare for each patient.
4. Quality Assurance: Point-of-care testing uses high-quality equipment that is manageable and can integrate with other healthcare equipment in the facility. The seamless data integration and exchange ensures that patient data is secure, up-to-date, and is readily available to any physician treating the patient.
Point-of-care testing can treat patients with minimal risk, is cost-effective to the facilities using it, and provides high-quality patient healthcare. Technologies for POCT reduce the time spent in the laboratories and increase the time for immediate patient care.