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Point-of-Care Testing in Pediatrics

Hicks, Jocelyn M. PhD, FRC Path

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: September 2002 - Volume 1 - Issue 3 - p 127–131
doi: 10.1097/01.POC.0000023110.77385.A9

Point-of-care testing (POCT) is a rapidly developing field in laboratory medicine. This paper discusses its use in neonates, children, adolescents and young adults. It describes clinical situations in which test results must be available immediately, and the extreme value of POCT in such situations. Future applications of POCT are also addressed. In addition, the challenges of managing a POCT program are described. These include the leadership, technical and administrative personnel required, committee structure, training, quality control, and the need for connectivity. Finally, the experiences with POCT at the Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC, are described.

From Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Jocelyn M. Hicks, PhD, FRC Path, Children's National Medical Center, 4W-617, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20010.

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.