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After the Disaster: Sustaining Quality Point-of-Care Testing in a Resource-Poor Environment

Brown, Sarah M. PhD*; Andrews, David MD

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: March 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 1 - p 23–26
doi: 10.1097/POC.0b013e318265f773
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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:

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.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.