Standards for point-of-care testing

Introduction

Definitions of terms used in this document.

Definition and benefits of PoCT 

In this document, Point of Care Testing (PoCT) is defined as testing performed outside the laboratory environment, near to or at the side of the patient, which is not done under the supervision of a trained laboratory professional.1 [1]

The potential benefits of PoCT include: 

  • healthcare practitioners’ ability to make immediate and informed decisions about a patient’s care, together with the patient, which may result in improved clinical management 
  • greater patient compliance with pathology requests, especially in at-risk patients 
  • greater convenience and satisfaction for patients because of the speed of diagnosis, management and treatment decisions  
  • more equitable access to pathology, regardless of where patients live
  • more opportunities for patients to engage with the practice team.2,3 
 
[1]It is not necessary for a practice to be accredited against the Standards for PoCT to claim simple basic pathology tests (MBS Group P9) with the exception of MBS items 73812 or 73826.

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