Standardization, harmonization, and realization

Nicole L. Gentile, Richard F. Louie, Jorge Sifontes, Daniel Mecozzi, Kristin Hale, Gerald J Kost

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Point-of-care testing is useful when caring for patients in hospital settings and in emergency and disaster situations. However, point-of-care professional practice lacks components, such as standardization, harmonization, and consistency, which would substantially improve patient care if implemented. Therefore, we propose adoption of whole-blood standards, harmonization among testing methods, and tighter quality control constraints. Granting these 3 wishes will improve quality at the point of care and ultimately will improve diagnoses, treatment decisions, and patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-112
Number of pages3
JournalPoint of Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008


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  • Nursing(all)

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    Gentile, N. L., Louie, R. F., Sifontes, J., Mecozzi, D., Hale, K., & Kost, G. J. (2008). Standardization, harmonization, and realization. Point of Care, 7(3), 110-112.