Point-of-Care Testing (POCT): The Applications, Advantages, and Challenges (by LabCE)

1 P.A.C.E. contact hour(s)

(based on 473 customer ratings)

Sheryl A. Whitlock, MA.Ed, MT(ASCP)BB
Reviewer: Cynthia Clawson, BSMT (ASCP), MBA, HCA

Course provided by LabCE.

Point of care testing (POCT) has been integrated into the healthcare system, creating a paradigm shift and offering faster results using portable, easy-to-use devices that can lead to improved patient outcomes. This course is intended to review the fundamentals of POCT, the advantages and disadvantages, and the applicable testing methodologies. In addition, the laboratory's role in POCT will be outlined to include the personnel, quality, and competency requirements for performing POCT.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 1 hour(s)
Course number 578-087-18, approved through 11/2/2020
Course number 20-636379, approved through 9/1/2020

Objectives

  • Define point-of-care (POC) as it relates to test methods in the laboratory.
  • Outline personnel and competency requirements for performing POCT.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of POCT.
  • Differentiate and explain test methods applicable to POCT.
  • Explain the laboratory's role in POCT.

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Course Outline

  • Definition of Point of Care Testing
      • Defining Point-of-Care Testing (POCT)
      • Crossing Boundaries in POCT
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Point of Care Testing
      • Advantages of POCT
      • Disadvantages of POCT -- Administrative
      • Disadvantages of Point of Care Testing (POCT) -- Testing Process
  • Testing Methodologies for Point of Care Testing
      • Summary of Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) Methods
      • Complexity of POCT
      • POCT Methods
  • The Laboratory's Role in Point of Care Testing (POCT)
      • Laboratory Staff Involvement with Point-of-Care Testing (POCT)
      • Quality Assessment (QA) in Point-of-Care Testing (POCT)
      • Competency Assessment in POCT
  • References
      • References

Additional Information

Level of instruction: Basic

Intended Audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, and technicians. This course is also appropriate for medical laboratory science students and pathology residents.

Author information: Sheryl A. Whitlock, MA.Ed, MT(ASCP)BB is the owner of ARK Laboratory Consulting, LLC and a part time technical consultant for McKesson. Sheryl served as the laboratory coordinator for the Student Health Services Laboratory at the University of Delaware for 15 years. Sheryl received her Master’s degree in Education from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She has more than 35 years of experience in laboratory science to include management, education, and hands-on bench experience. She has written and published textbooks and laboratory manuals as well as having contributed to numerous online and print articles in the field of laboratory medicine.

Reviewer information: Cynthia Clawson, BSMT(ASCP), MBA, HCA received her Masters degree from Wilmington College, in Wilmington Delaware and a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland. She began her career as a bench technologist at then Kent and Queen Anne’s Hospital in Chestertown, Maryland. Currently, she is a Clinical Specialist for Point of Care testing, Quality Assurance, and Regulatory Compliance at the same facility, now called University of Maryland Shore Regional Health at Chestertown.

Course description: Point-of-care testing (POCT) has been integrated into the healthcare system, creating a paradigm shift and offering faster results using portable, easy-to-use devices that can lead to improved patient outcomes. This course is intended to review the fundamentals of POCT, the advantages and disadvantages, and the applicable testing methodologies. In addition, the laboratory's role in POCT will be outlined to include the personnel, quality, and competency requirements for performing POCT.

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