Point of care (POC) diagnostic devices are used to obtain diagnostic results while with the patient or close to the patient. Used in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and in patients’ homes, POC diagnostic devices give quick feedback on many sorts of medical tests.
POC diagnostic devices are used to test glucose and cholesterol levels, do electrolyte and enzyme analysis, test for drugs of abuse and for infectious diseases, and for pregnancy testing. Blood gases, cardiac markers, and fecal occult blood tests can also be done with POC diagnostic devices. There are several advantages to doing the tests at the point of care, including quick results and faster implementation of therapy, if needed.
Benefits of POCT Testing
- Sample Quality
- Quality Assurance
Considerations for purchasing Point of Care Diagnostic Devices
POC diagnostic devices should be chosen based on the type of tests that need to be run. Some POC devices are handheld and some are benchtop models that need more space. Sample size needed and how quickly the tests are run are two of the ways that POC devices differ.