Making point of care testing clear

‘Point of care testing’, or PoCT, means pathology testing that is done when a patient sees a doctor, rather than having to go to a specific collection centre. The benefits of PoCT include informed and immediate decision making about patient care, improved patient compliance with diagnostic testing, and improved access to pathology services, particularly in rural and remote centres.

Requirements for point of care testing, published by the National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council, sets out the management framework for performing PoCT, and provides guidance for any healthcare facility or laboratory-associated facility performing PoCT to ensure that patient safety is protected.

Biotext copyedited the second edition of the requirements to ensure they were clearly worded and easy for health professionals to understand and follow. Biotext also developed a design concept for the new edition of the requirements to create a more user-friendly and easy-to-navigate document.