Critical Care is all about taking specialized care of patients who are in a life-threatning condition, who require comprehensive care and constant monitoring; usually for those who are in intensive care units. Hence, we have brought Point-of-care testing to take care of critical situations.
In the intensive care unit (ICU), rapid changes in a patient’s condition often necessitate biochemical monitoring with diagnostic laboratory tests and an immediate response. The term point-of-care (POC) testing, also called near-patient testing or bedside testing, refers to the performance of diagnostic tests at or near the patient. Traditionally, these tests were performed in the central or stat laboratory. With POC testing, these tests are performed outside of the confines of the clinical laboratories of health care facilities.
In hospitals, they primarily are performed in areas with the most urgent need for rapid diagnosis and therapy, such as emergency departments, surgical suites, critical care units, and certain outpatient areas.
With rapid advances in technology, POC testing is a dynamic work in progress; the analyzers are becoming smaller, faster, and more user-friendly and have been demonstrated to achieve accuracy with increasingly smaller blood samples, aiding in blood conservation. Blood conservation through small blood samples is an added asset for patients, especially in the ICU, where the patient’s condition often requires multiple blood draws.
POCT is accomplished through the use of transportable, portable, and handheld instruments (e.g., i-STAT, CoaguSense etc.) and test kits. Sandor’s strategic alliances with ABBOTT, Minntech, ITC and others has made it easier for health care facilities to get the right information at the right time.
Below are the POCT products Sandor provides: