Understanding and preventing medical errors in point-ot-care testing (and the Use ot FAST-QC)

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The fundamental goal of this chapter is to improve the performance, safety, and quality of point-of-care testing (POCT) by assuring reliable clinical practice. The objectives of the chapter are: • To highlight recent guidelines on medical errors issued by the Institute of Medicine (10M) and the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) • To understand why a systems approach to error prevention is most efficient and efficacious • To categorize potential preanalytical, analytical, and postanalytical errors in POCT • To introduce a multidimensional pattern recognition technique: Fingerprinting-Analysis Systems-Testing Quality Control (FAST-QCTM) • To summarize practical security, validation, performance, and emergency systems for preventing errors in POCT • To briefly assess the role of connectivity and safeguards in error reduction Hopefully, at the conclusion of this chapter the reader will agree that POCT instruments need to provide more software and hardware options that operators can use to prevent medical errors in POCT and to foster its continued growth, safety, and success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPoint-of-Care Testing
Subtitle of host publicationPerformance Improvement and Evidence-Based Outcomes
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781420028898
ISBN (Print)0824708687, 9780824708689
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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