Point-of-Care Testing: Helpful When Things Need to Happen Quickly?


The big advantage of POCT is its speed. Sample transportation can be omitted and laboratory testing takes place on site – in the operating room, the hospital ward or in the ambulance; ©panthermedia.net/gabriella

When things need to "happen quickly": POCT in the emergency department

Image: blood is taken from a finger and analysed by a POCT-device; Copyright: panthermedia.net/IMAGEone.biz

Whether it’s to determine blood glucose levels, a heart attack or to conduct a blood gas analysis: point-of-care testing (POCT) can be used in many different areas for clinical diagnostics purposes or to track treatment progress; ©panthermedia.net/IMAGEone.biz

Preferred use of POCT or central laboratory?

Many different types of uses: drug dosage, respiratory disorders, infection detection

Image: Olga Wart; © Rolf Stahl