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Point-of-Care Testing Evolving at Tawam Hospital

Dhatt, Gurdeep Singh MBBS, FRCPath, CSi*; Sahni, Sumedha*; Van Jaarsveld, Theresa*; James, David; Matarelli, Steven

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: December 2008 - Volume 7 - Issue 4 - p 248-252
doi: 10.1097/POC.0b013e318188b397
Original Articles

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:

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.