Reference 2018-461

REF:           2018-461

Subject:       Point of Care Testing

 

Request:

  1. Do you routinely carry out point of care tests for bacterial and viral infections?
  2. In what scenarios do you use point of care testing?
  3. What is the average length of time taken for results of point of care tests for bacterial and viral infections to be delivered?
  4. Which bacterial or viral infections do you test for specifically? a) MRSA, b) C.diff, c) E.coli, d) CPE, e) any others?

 

 

Response:

Do you routinely carry out point of care tests for bacterial and viral infections? Yes, point of care testing is used for diagnosis of influenza A&B.
In what scenarios do you use point of care testing? Point of care testing is used when rapid testing is required by medical staff to enable prompt treatment or discharge with appropriate treatment/advice.
What is the average length of time taken for results of point of care tests for bacterial and viral infections to be delivered? The point of care testing device delivers a result in around 20 minutes once the sample is loaded into the device.

 

Which bacterial or viral infections do you test for specifically? a) MRSA, b) C.diff, c) E.coli, d) CPE, e) any others? Influenza A&B.