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Is the Point-of-Care Testing Program Meeting the Pediatric Emergency Department's Needs?

Milner, Donna MD; Halverson, Kerstin A. BA, MS

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: June 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 2 - p 31–34
doi: 10.1097/POC.0000000000000014
Original Articles

Abstract: To develop a tool for use in determination of the satisfaction level of clinical care providers with laboratory turnaround time and their desire for and potential use of both currently available and newly developing laboratory point-of-care testing (POCT) modalities. A Survey Monkey survey was sent to all physicians and pediatric nurse practitioners working in the emergency departments of the hospital regarding their satisfaction with laboratory turnaround time for frequently ordered tests, asking which tests they currently use for POCT and frequency of use; and asking how the POC tests influenced their care of the patient. In addition, questions were asked pertaining to their concerns about POCT accuracy, cost, and ease of ordering. The results of the questions were graphed and percentages of answers were calculated from the responding group total. All answers were tabulated and trended, and all comments were collected without identifying the respondent.

From the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Reprints: Kerstin A. Halverson, BA, MS, Children's Hospitals and Clinics, Laboratory, 2525 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404. E-mail:

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins