The future of point-of-care testing

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Point-of-care testing (POCT) has become a major asset in healthcare centres through the world. With the use of advanced technologies to provide rapid, portable and accurate diagnostic tools, device manufacturers are continuing to improve upon existing systems. Recently approved instruments are already making an impression in healthcare by providing the availability for numerous tests that once existed only in clinical laboratories. As these systems are accepted by health-care providers throughout the world, new approaches are being perfected. Direct access testing (DAT), for example, uses the internet as a vector for distribution of POC tests that can be performed at home or in other out-of-hospital settings. New methods, such as N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT pro-BNP), assays and nucleic acid testing, will both enhance the effectiveness of healthcare and improve the convenience and speed of diagnostic testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-159
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Intensive Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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