Strategies for Successful Point of Care Programs

The report published in 2000 by the Institute of Medicine titled "To Err is Human" (2000, National Academies Press) estimated that as many as 98,000 hospitalized patients die from preventable medical errors in the U.S. A more recent study published in the Journal of Patient Safety (James, John T. Journal of Patient Safety. 9(3):122-128, September 2013) estimates that more than 400,000 patients suffer a premature death due to preventable harm in hospitals. Recent high profile cases reiterate that Military Medical Treatment Facilities are not immune to the same types of quality issues present in civilian facilities. It is more important than ever that patient safety and quality are integrated into all areas of the laboratory to include Point-of-Care Testing. As technology advances and healthcare moves toward more patient centered models, Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) will continue to expand at a rapid pace. Compliance and quality issues in POCT typically require unique solutions. While this presentation spotlights challenges particularly in Military Medical Treatment Facilities, this presentation is applicable to all facilities seeking efficient operations. Laboratory professionals must employ strategies to successfully implement and maintain a viable POCT program. Laboratory professionals must also be able to guide organizational leaders to make appropriate choices before implementing or expanding POCT. 

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss common POCT misconceptions
  • Identify POCT challenges
  • Discuss tips and strategies for managing a successful POCT Program

Continuing Education
1.0 Continuing Education Unit

Body of Knowledge Learning Domains

  • Business and Clinical Operations

Content Level

  • Essential

Price

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