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Point of Care testing is considered any laboratory testing that is performed outside of the laboratory, most times at the patient’s bedside. Point of Care testing is performed on all inpatient floors, the Operating Rooms, Cath Labs and in many outpatient settings such as Cardiac Vascular Rehab. The majority of Point of Care testing takes place on the bedside glucose meter. In an average year there are approximately one million blood sugar tests that are run on the Point of Care devices. There are five Point of Care Coordinators who oversee 15 different types of Point of Care tests at six hospitals and 12 clinics. The Point of Care coordinators are responsible for the training of over 700 operators including physicians, nurses and technicians. The Point of Care coordinators also must stay up to date with hospital policies along with Joint Commission and College of American Pathologists guidelines. The Point of Care Coordinators are available 24 hours a day.

Staff

  • 5 employees to oversee 15 different types of Point of Care tests

Testing

  • Nova Stat Strip (glucose meters)
  • Manual UA dips
  • Hemocue ( Hgb readers)
  • Clinitek Status (UA reader)
  • TEG
  • Fecal Occult Blood Cards
  • hCG
  • Nitrazine
  • Rapid Strep
  • Drug screens and Adulterant Strips
  • D Dimer
  • Ferning

Average monthly number of Point of Care tests

  • 75,000 glucose test strips on the Nova Glucose meters
  • 8,000 i-stat cartridges used

Training

  • 8-12 months to be trained as a Point of Care Coordinator
  • Other specific activities:
    • Participate in CAP inspections of other facilities
    • Stay up to date with changes in CLIA, CAP, and Joint Commission regulations
    • Manage Telcor, PWEB (interface systems)
    • Participate in department research projects
    • Help with New Employee Orientation
    • Annual training of nursing and operator staff
    • Weekly compliance audits of all departments that use Point of Care testing
    • Cost Analysis for new test requests
    • Troubleshooting of instrument problems

Contact Information

  • Manager: Debra Zern
  • Supervisor: Debra Zern
                      801-507-2149
                      debra.zern@imail.org
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