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Emergency nurses can learn from trust’s implementation of point of care testing

Empowering healthcare staff to use point of care testing (POCT) is beneficial to staff and patients alike, and nurses could be involved in its delivery and implementation
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Empowering healthcare staff to use point of care testing (POCT) is beneficial to staff and patients alike, and nurses could be involved in its delivery and implementation

Point of care testing (POCT) typically involves blood samples, with or near the patient, to provide the consulting clinician with rapid diagnostic capability.

In 2017-18, POCT for D-dimer was introduced to the ambulatory care unit (ACU) at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GWH) in south west England to assess patients presenting with suspected deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

The community DVT service was closed with short notice and transferred to the ACU. The unit had no POCT D-dimer capability, so the service was developed by unit staff to meet the requirements of increased patient flow in an already busy unit.

The successful implementation was the catalyst for further POCT development in the unit

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