The grand point-of-care challenge

Richard F. Louie, Benjamin J. Hindson, Nam Tran, Nicole L. Gentile, Gerald J Kost

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The 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia and Hurricane Katrina showed that point-of-care testing (POCT) was both needed and feasible in acute disaster response and follow-up recovery. However, POCT devices made for routine clinical use and the consumer market are not adequate for disaster conditions. We explain the rationale for developing field-robust point-of-care devices and durable single unit-use tests in the context of 3 "wishes." Then, we challenge inventors, innovators, and industry to produce POCT devices and reagents that will meet the needs of rural emergencies and disaster care to improve preparedness in the United States and other countries worldwide. We call this "The Grand Point-of-Care Challenge."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-107
Number of pages3
JournalPoint of Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Clinical needs
  • Durable
  • Field robust
  • Hurricane katrina
  • Multianalyte testing
  • Novel nucleic acid testing technologies
  • Thermal stress
  • Tsunami

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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