G_CS_55 SOP for Point of Care Testing (POCT) using Horiba Desktop Analyser
Point of Care Testing (POCT) is defined as any analytical test performed by a member of the healthcare team outside the conventional laboratory setting.
POCT is capable of producing results in a timely manner that allows clinical decisions to be made quickly, potentially allowing better clinical (and/or economical) outcome.
The analyser is to be used when test results are required urgently. To wait for routine transport to take bloods to the Path Links laboratory at Pilgrim Hospital, Boston would lead to a delay in patient care.