Point-of-care (POC) testing is of great value to physicians and other clinicians as it helps them speed up diagnosis and treatment. In fact, recent studies show that the point of care coagulation market is one of the leading sectors in the global POC market and that sales in this market will touch $1.8bn in 2017.
The POC testing menu includes tests such as Whole Blood Glucose, Urinalysis, Urine Pregnancy, Blood Gas, Cholesterol Anticoagulation, and more. POC tests are relatively easy to conduct and results are obtained quickly. Testing typically takes place at the patient’s bedside, though it can also be performed in clinician offices, surgical suites, or in small laboratories. In addition to physicians, nurses and lab professionals, medical assistants and radiology technicians can conduct POC tests.
Efficient and timely POC testing depends on the availability of point of care reagents for the analyzer used. Reagents include quality control materials, calibration materials, standards, substrates, water, diluents, and more. Every lab should ideally document policies and procedures for storing, preparing evaluating and tracking reagents. Documenting reagent lot numbers would help track reagent use. Also, reagents should be labeled based on identity, strength, titer, concentration, preparation and expiration dates, and safety and accessory information. Care should be taken to discard point of care reagents that have deteriorated or expired.
The best way to ensure a steady and timely supply of reagents is to team up with a reliable lab equipment supplier. Leading dealers offer point of care reagents for quality point of care analyzer systems.