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POINT OF CARE TESTING By Ned D. Heindel Professor of Chemistry [email protected]READING & BACKGROUND[do this before class] 1) Point-of-Care Testing: An Introduction (2007) Sheryl L Gutierres, PharmD, University of Oklahoma Timothy E Welty, PharmD, Samford University DATA SYNTHESIS:Point-of-care testing devices and technologyare increasingly used in the delivery of care and therapeutic decisionmaking. No studies have evaluated the impact of point-of-care testing,by itself, on patient care and outcomes. All studies have incorporatedpoint-of-care testing with changes in the way patient care is deliveredand have shown significant improvements when this approach istaken. The cost of point-of-care testing on a per test basis is sometimes greater than traditionallaboratory testing, but that increased cost may be offset byimprovements in the management of patient care, improvementsin patient outcomes, and decreased utilization of the healthcaresystem. Point-of-care testing has been used successfully bypharmacists in disease management programs. Various government regulationsand legislation impact the use of point-of-care testing.2) On HIV testing -- read this
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