The Point-of-Care Testing program monitors and supervises laboratory testing performed outside the physical facilities of the Clinical Laboratory Complex. This includes testing done by hospital employees and medical staff who have received training and ongoing competence assessment at the main campus (POCT) and physician office laboratories (POL) such as Primary Care Centers, Clinics, and Specialty Care Centers. The purpose of the program is to provide guidelines to ensure consistent, accurate, and reliable laboratory testing at the patient’s immediate location.
The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, in conjunction with other departments, coordinate the POCT and POL programs, including review and approval of testing procedures and equipment, monitoring quality control, and training of individuals who perform testing. POL and POCT at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are licensed by the State in which the test is performed and by CLIA. The program meets standards for laboratory testing and regulations specified by the licensing and accreditation agencies.
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