Point of Care testing provides a valuable service to physicians and other clinicians by assisting in the rapid diagnosis and treatment of patients. Testing is typically performed at the patient's bedside, but may also occur in surgical suites, clinician offices, or in small decentralized laboratories. These tests are simple to perform and provide results quickly. Point of Care testing is performed by thousands of employees throughout the Health System, including Nurses, Medical Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Radiology Technicians, Physicians, and Laboratory Professionals.
Some tests included in the Point of Care test menu are Whole Blood Glucose, Rapid Strep A, Urinalysis, Protime/INR, Hematocrit, and Urine Pregnancy. More complex Point of Care testing is available at select sites, where a Medical Technologist is available to perform such analyses as Parathyroid Hormone analysis during surgery, Basic Chemistry Panels pre and post-operatively, and Absolute Neutrophil Counts pre-transfusion. Availability of Point of Care testing and staffing requirements vary by location and need.
The Department of Pathology staffs Point of Care services with approximately 100 employees each day. Twenty four outpatient clinics, surgery centers, and community schools, as well as over 50 clinical units throughout University and Mott Hospitals utilize Point of Care testing to expedite diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric patients.