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Point of Care Testing: A Review of Systematic Reviews on Testing Accuracy

Published on: April 18, 2012
Project Number: RC0345-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Other Diagnostics
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the testing accuracy of point of care testing for international normalized ratio (INR), blood glucose, electrolytes, blood gases, troponin, complete blood count and liver function?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of point of care testing for INR, blood glucose, electrolytes, blood gases, troponin, complete blood count and liver function?

Key Message

Evidence which is limited in quantity as well as quality suggests comparable testing accuracy of point-of-care testing in monitoring patients needing anticoagulation therapy or glycemic control, when compared with conventional laboratory testing. Point-of-care testing is more cost-effective than standard of care in anticoagulation therapy, while the results should be interpreted with caution in a Canadian context.

Tags

inr, blood glucose, electrolytes, troponin, blood count, complete, blood gas analysis, blood sugar, liver function tests, point-of-care systems, bedside technology, point of care, Point-of-Care Systems point-of-care, near-patient, near patient, Test, Tests, blood gas, blood gases, complete blood count, liver function, Laboratory