MVZ Laboratory Medicine Koblenz-Mittelrhein
POCT laboratory tests can be done at the point of care with portable and handheld devices and test kits such as easy-to-use membrane-based test strips. These tests may require only a single drop of whole blood and do not need specimen preparation. Test results are obtained within minutes and are used immediately for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. In order to ensure patient security, a quality management system and defined control mechanisms are obliged by medical associations (such as the Bundesärztekammer in Germany). However, it is quite often observed that the regulatory policy is not followed by POCT users. It appears necessary that they develop appropriate concepts to implement mandatory postulations. From our perspective we discuss some concepts of a POCT management.