How can point-of-care testing improve your turn around time?
Improving your turn around time will not only benefit your operation. Your patients will appreciate it as well. With reliable point-of-care testing you will be able to speed up the analysis and get accurate test results right then and there. You can offer immediate treatment and an opportunity for possibly a quicker recovery for the patient. Discharging one patient will leave room for another patient in need of care. Improving your turn around time might both cut costs and increase patient satisfaction. What is the significance of turn around time in your clinical area? Below are a few examples.
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In emergency departments, operating rooms and critical care units, time is of the essence. Getting laboratory accurate test results at the point of care means being able to decide more quickly. This might reduce overcrowding in emergency and intensive care. If you are able to assess serious or even life-threatening conditions quickly, you will be able to make correct decisions, right away. Some patients might be able to go home sooner, while others will be admitted and get the attention and resources they need.
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Primary care clinics might be able to reduce the number of test samples sent to central laboratories. You have probably experienced turnaround times of several days, or even a week. When possible, laboratory accurate point-of-care testing can eliminate waiting time for you and your patients. It will help you diagnose the patient and start treatment without delay.
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Blood centers save time by screening potential donors with point-of-care hemoglobin tests. However, the accuracy and precision of point-of-care test methods may vary. Are you using a method that’s accurate and precise enough to ensure the health and safety for your donors?
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The work of aid organizations is a race against time. Patients are often in life-threatening conditions and the resources never match the actual needs. Weather conditions, conflicts and lack of transportation make it hard, if not impossible to collect and send samples to a central laboratory. Most times you do not have the time to wait for an answer. Laboratory accurate point-of-care testing devices provide you with the answers you need to help make good decisions quickly.
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