Point-of-care testing (POCT) is the fastest growing area in the In Vitro Diagnostic (IVD) industry, and it is therefore no surprise that POCT is now recognized as a distinct domain. A comprehensive POCT program should include the following essential elements: (i) regulatory matters; (ii) ethics, governance, and responsibilities; (iii) training, competency, and staff development (continuous professional development, CPD); (iv) equipment and method evaluation; (v) information management; and (vi) quality management. Each of these elements is discussed briefly, and a proposed structure to manage POCT at Tawam Hospital and its affiliated satellite centers are presented. Point-of-care testing is in its infancy at Tawam but rapidly evolving.
From the *Department of Laboratory Medicine and †Clinical Services, Tawam Hospital in association with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
Presented at the conference Excellence in Laboratory Medicine, November 17-18, 2007, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates.
Reprints: Gurdeep Singh Dhatt, MBBS, FRCPath, CSi, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Tawam Hospital, PO Box 15258, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).