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What Is New in Point-of-Care Testing?

Melanson, Stacy E.F. MD, PhD

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: December 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 4 - pp 166-170
doi: 10.1097/POC.0b013e3181c557ec
Literature Review

The literature on point-of-care testing published between April 2008 and July 2009 was reviewed. The technical performance and clinical impact of point-of-care testing is the focus of most recently published articles. This review divides recent literature into 5 topics that have been published most extensively in the past year and briefly describes the articles within each topic. The topics include diabetes/glucose, acute coronary syndrome/troponin, coagulation/international normalized ratio, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome/human immunodeficiency virus, and hemostasis/platelet function.

From the Division of Clinical Laboratories, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA.

Reprints: Stacy E.F. Melanson MD, PhD, Division of Clinical Laboratories, Department of Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 75 Francis St, Boston, MA 02115. E-mail: semelanson@partners.org.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.