How will point-of-care testing help you put the patient first?
Your patients are your true employers. And their health is your job. They trust that you will take their situation seriously, that you will apply all your knowledge and attention towards helping them recover or stay healthy, whether they are earthquake victims struggling for survival, or seemingly healthy individuals coming to you for their general medical examination. Reliable point-of-care testing improves your possibility to help your patients at the first visit.
Build a trusting partnership with your patients
Getting accurate test results during the examination provides you with an opportunity to explain the results to your patients. Meanwhile, they have the opportunity to ask all their questions and express all their concerns. Many patients take a great interest in and responsibility for their health. Embracing their concerns and curiosity lets you build an even more trusting, proactive and loyal partnership with your patients.
The less time your patients have to spend being patients, the happier they will be. They will appreciate not having to wait and worry until the test results arrive, not having to make that second trip to your office. Most importantly, they will benefit from your ability to diagnose problems and treat them at an early stage.
Blood donors may not be considered patients, but they can still benefit from point-of-care testing. Donating blood might entail some discomfort, such as faintness, even for donors with satisfactory hemoglobin levels. A laboratory accurate hemoglobin test at the point of care is a way to protect the health of the donor.
Immediate feedback about the patients’ health has also been shown to improve adherence to the prescribed treatment. No matter how much patients trust your competence, if they can get evidence of their physical condition, they are more likely to take ownership of the situation and play a more active and responsible role in their own treatment.
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