The disaster response following the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was the largest in history. Point-of-care testing played a significant role in patient care in the immediate response. The medical needs of the Haitian population remain significant after the emergency response has abated. This article describes how point-of-care devices similar to those used in the disaster response can be used to establish a laboratory able to support a medical center in a resource-poor environment. Such a laboratory can allow for lifesaving medical treatments such as mechanical ventilation until the laboratory is able to maintain more traditional bench-top analyzers.
From the *Departments of Pediatrics and Laboratory and Genomic Medicine, Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, MO; and †Department of Pathology, University of Miami, Miami, FL.
Reprints: Sarah M. Brown, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Washington University in St Louis, 660 S Euclid Ave, Campus Box 8116, St Louis, MO 63110. E-mail: email@example.com.
Laboratory work at Hôpital Bernard Mevs/Project Medishare is supported by generous gifts from Urban Zen, Singing for a Change, and the Rotary International Foundation.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.