by David Kliff - The Diabetic Investor
Diabetes management has changed dramatically with each new technological innovation. It wasn’t that long ago when knowing a patient’s glucose level was basically guess work. Yes there were tools to measure glucose, however these tools were difficult to use and highly inaccurate. This all changed with the invention of blood glucose monitors which measured glucose using a drop of blood. Although the process wasn’t perfect; for the first-time patients were able to accurately measure their glucose levels on a regular.
by JAMES CRILLY - QC MARKETING MANAGER - RANDOX LABORATORIES LTD.
Introduction to POCT
Point of care testing (POCT) refers to testing that is performed near or at the site of a patient with the result leading to a possible change in the care of the patient. The popularity and demand of POCT has been growing rapidly, however, this should come as no surprise as there are many advantages to POCT, for example, the convenience of being able to obtain a rapid result at the patient’s bedside, thus allowing immediate action, saving time and improving the potential outcome for the patient.
Although there are many benefits of using POCT devices in terms of their convenience, these benefits are only true if the results produced are both accurate and reliable. Ensuring accuracy and reliability is the primary responsibility of Quality Control.