Point of Care Testing (POCT)
Point of Care Testing (POCT) is laboratory testing or analyses
performed in the clinical setting by non-laboratory healthcare
As POCT is performed close to the patient, the results are
available more quickly than for samples sent to the laboratory.
This has benefits for medical care delivery to critically ill
patients. POCT is also used in day-case and outpatient clinics to
improve efficiencies and reduce patient waiting.
However, there are disadvantages with POCT compared with
laboratory testing. For example, POCT analysers are not as
sophisticated as laboratory analysers so the results may not be as
accurate. POCT also tends to be more expensive than conventional
CMFT has a well-established POCT infrastructure to ensure the
benefits of this exciting technology can be realised while managing
the inherent risks and costs associated with it. The
CMFT POCT Policy and
POCT Committee are central to the governance structure. The POCT Team Leaders
manage operational matters including evaluating equipment,
providing training programmes, standard operating procedures,
operator proficiency testing, auditing and recording of POCT test
results (paper and electronic).