20 May POCT provides immediate information
Point-of-care testing (POCT) is an important diagnostic tool that can be used in various locations.
POCT IS DEFINED AS “testing at or near the site of patient care whenever
the medical care is needed.” The purpose of POCT is to provide immediate information to physicians about the patient’s condition, so that this information can be integrated into appropriate treatment decisions that improve patient outcomes.
ADVANTAGES OF POCT
The first advantage of POCT is the short therapeutic turnaround time of patient sample testing. One benefit of rapid therapeutic turnaround time is that it allows physicians to begin implementing appropriate treatment early, especially for those patients in critical care units where delays can adversely affect patient outcomes. A second advantage to POCT is potential reduction of preanalytic and postanalytic errors. Traditional methods of laboratory testing involve multiple preparatory steps. With increased process steps, there is an increased possibility of
introducing preanalytic errors. Delays in specimen processing and testing may allow samples to degrade.
The subsequent testing may yield results that do not represent the actual status of the patient. Postanalytic errors can be minimised because results from bedside testing are immediately available to the clinical team and can be transferred to a healthcare management software solution via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and printed out and results are stored in the memory of the instrument.
PATIENT FOCUS AFRICA
Patient Focus Africa (PFA) has formed long-term relationships with its leading global partners. These relationships allow us to provide solutions throughout the entire value chain related to the following disease categories:
- Hyperlipidaemia• HIV
- Fever management
- Weight management
- Respiratory care
- Drugs of abuse
Patient Focus Africa promotes and sells approved point of care technology that carries with it the following accreditations:
- FDA cleared
- CE marked
- CLIA waived thus allowing medically trained staff to conduct all the tests accurately and confidently
- German Hypertension League approval
- British and Irish Hypertension Societyn (BIHS) validation
- European Society of Hypertension (ESH) validation
- Meets NCEP guidelines – National Cholesterol Education Program
- CRMLN certified – Cholesterol Reference Method Laboratory Network
- IFCC traceable – International Federation of Clinical Chemistry
- NGSP certified – National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program
- Local endorsements by South African academics specialising in the field of chronic diseases
PFA sources state-of-the-art products that reduce health risks.
‘Make Early Diagnosis, Prevent Early Death’ (MEDPED) is a primary strategy.
Patient Focus Africa after-sales training
is offered free of charge. The main objective of the training is to ensure standardisation of health testing, delivery and evaluation. Accurate results with valuable individual and group outcomes allow for high risk identification and follow-up programmes. PFA has a technical department with technicians who are internationally trained and qualified to service and calibrate your clinically validated equipment.