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REVIEW ARTICLEPoint-of-Care Testing: General Aspects by Carlos E. S. Ferreira, Joao C. C. Guerra, Natasha Slhessarenko, Marileia Scartezini, Carolina N. Franca, Marjorie P. Colombini, Fernando Berlitz, Antonia M. O. Machado, Gustavo A. Campana, Adriana C. L. Faulhaber, Cesar A. Galoro, Claudia M. Dias, Wilson Shcolnik, Marines D. V. Martino, Katia R. Cesar, Nairo M. Sumita, Maria E. Mendes, Marcelo H. W. Faulhaber, Joao R. R. Pinho, Ismar V. Barbosa, Marcelo C. Batista, Cristina Khawali, Vitor M. Pariz, Adagmar Andriolo

Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) has been highlighted in the health care sector in recent decades. On the other hand, due to its low demand, POCT is at a disadvantage compared to conventional equipment, since its cost is inversely proportional to the volume of use. In addition, for the implementation of POCT to succeed, it is essential to rely on the work of a multidisciplinary team. The awareness of health professionals of the importance of each step is perhaps the critical success factor. The trend towards the continuous advancement of the use of POCT and the great potential of its contributions reinforce the need to implement quality management tools, including performance indicators, to ensure their results. This review presents some advantages and disadvantages concerning POCT and the real need to use it. A worldwide call for the availability of easy-to-use health technologies that are increasingly closer to the final user is one of the main reasons for this focus.

DOI: 10.7754/Clin.Lab.2017.170730