- What is the clinical effectiveness of the point of care testing (POCT) technologies in emergency and critical care situations when compared to standard laboratory test methods for these same tests?
- What is the diagnostic accuracy and precision of the POCT technologies when compared to standard laboratory testing methods?
- What is the cost-effectiveness of using PCOT when compared to standard laboratory testing methods? 4. What are the guidelines associated with the use of POCT for patients in rural centers?
Two randomized controlled trials and 25 non-randomized studies were identified regarding point of care testing (POCT) technologies versus standard laboratory test methods in emergency and critical care situations. Two of the clinical studies contained cost information. No relevant evidence-based guidelines were identified.