Rapid POCT is being used to help address the COVID-19 testing backlog and speed turnaround times. Although the lesser sensitivity and specificity of POCT is acknowledged as an issue, its rapid turnaround time is a worthwhile trade-off in patient scenarios where speed is of the essence. Laboratory professionals are instrumental in ensuring the proper implementation and performance of POCT.
In the right patient scenarios, the rapid turnaround time (TAT) that point-of-care testing (POCT) offers can increase provider efficiency and help improve patient outcomes. However, the diversity of locations, operators, devices, and device connectivity c