A Practical Guide to Global Point-of-Care Testing

Edited by Mark Shephard
January 2017
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    26th January 2017
  • ISBN 9781486305186
  • Language English
  • Pages 488 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 10.5"
  • Images color illus & tables

Point-of-care testing (POCT) refers to pathology testing performed in a clinical setting at the time of patient consultation, generating a rapid test result that enables informed and timely clinical action to be taken on patient care. It offers patients greater convenience and access to health services and helps to improve clinical outcomes. POCT also provides innovative solutions for the detection and management of chronic, acute and infectious diseases, in settings including family practices, Indigenous medical services, community health facilities, rural and remote areas and in developing countries, where health-care services are often geographically isolated from the nearest pathology laboratory.

A Practical Guide to Global Point-of-Care Testing, shows health professionals how to set up and manage POCT services under a quality-assured, sustainable, clinically and culturally effective framework, as well as understand the wide global scope and clinical applications of POCT.

The book is divided into three major themes: the management of POCT services, a global perspective on the clinical use of POCT, and POCT for specific clinical settings. Chapters within each theme are written by experts and explore wide-ranging topics such as selecting and evaluating devices, POCT for diabetes, coagulation disorders, HIV, malaria and Ebola, and the use of POCT for disaster management and in extreme environments. Figures are included throughout to illustrate the concepts, principles and practice of POCT.

Written for a broad range of practicing health professionals from the fields of medical science, health science, nursing, medicine, paramedic science, Indigenous health, public health, pharmacy, aged care and sports medicine, A Practical Guide to Global Point-of-Care Testing will also benefit university students studying these health-related disciplines.

•An easy-to-read, yet authoritative text written by the principal author and selected national and global experts in the field
•Simple figures illustrating the concepts, principles and practice of POCT
•Summary tables, consolidating evidence-based literature
•Up-to-date reading lists

About the Editor
1: An introduction to point-of-care testing and its global scope and application

Theme 1: The Management of Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) Services

2: Principles of establishing and managing a point-of-care testing service
3: Selection and evaluation of point-of-care testing devices
4: Training and competency assessment for device operators
5: Quality management of point-of-care testing devices
6: Use of connectivity for managing point-of-care testing results
7: Regulation and accreditation of point-of-care testing services
8: How to evaluate the effectiveness of point-of-care testing

Theme 2: A Global Perspective on the Clinical Use of Point-of-Care Testing
9: Point-of-care testing for diabetes: glucose
10: Point-of-care testing for diabetes: haemoglobin A1c
11: Point-of-care testing for kidney disease
12: Point-of-care testing for cardiovascular disease
13: Point-of-care testing for the management of oral anticoagulants
14: Point-of-care testing for markers of haematology disorders
15: Point-of-care testing for electrolytes and acid-base imbalances
16: Point-of-care testing of cardiac markers
17: Point-of-care testing for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and trichomoniasis
18: Point of care testing for syphilis
19: Point-of-care testing for HIV
20: Point-of-care testing for hepatitis
21: Rapid influenza diagnostic tests: clinical usage and significance
22: Point-of-care testing for malaria
23: Point-of-care testing for active tuberculosis
24: Point-of-care testing for Ebola and other highly infectious threats: principles, practice, and strategies for stopping outbreaks
25: Point-of-care testing for C-reactive protein
26: Point-of-care testing for drugs of abuse

Theme 3: POCT for specific clinical settings
27: Point-of-care testing in general practice
28: Point-of-care testing in rural, remote and Indigenous settings
29: Point-of-care testing in the hospital setting
30: Point-of-care testing for paramedic services
31: Point-of-care testing for disaster management
32: Point-of-care testing and extreme environments – the Australian Antarctic Division
33: Point-of-care testing in sports science
34: Point-of-care testing in the pharmacy
35: Point-of-care testing with ultrasound
36: Stakeholder perspectives on point-of-care testing
37: A 2020 vision for point-of-care testing


Mark Shephard

Mark Shephard achievements in the fields of conservation, aviculture and natural history writing have been recognized through an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2006.