Point of care tests enhancing patient care in PNG.

When doctors need lab results in a hurry in order to make decisions especially for critically ill patients, things get quite frustrating sometimes when results are delayed in getting back to them.

In PNG unacceptable turn around times is quite common for critical results that are performed in centralized labs which many times are separated geographically and administratively from where doctors are providing care.

Fortunately times they are a changing with innovative technologies now empowering clinicians with tools to make critical lifesaving decisions at the point of care.
These technologies are specifically designed for ease of use and require minimal to no laboratory background to use.

These inovative technologies are very appropriate for our setting and if used correctly with adequate attention to quality assurance these point of care test can revolutionise patient care.

The Paradise Private Hospital recently acquired three such analysers and they have already seen a huge improvement in there turn around times and enhanced patient care.

The 3 analysers are:

1) The epoc – which does blood gases, electrolyte, lactate and glucose.

2) The Afinion – which does HbA1c, lipids profile, urine microalbumin and CRP.

3) The triage meterPro which does tropinin I and CKMB, d-dimer, urine drug screen and a few other test.

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If you are interested in achieving similar excellent turn around times and enhance care for your patients in your hospitals visit the Alere website http://www.alere.com.au

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Pictured above is Dr. John Tsiperau the head of the Emergency Department at Paradise Private Hospital training his fellow doctors on the use of the epoc blood analyser.

About Dr. Poyap J Rooney

Dr. Rooney is a medical doctor who has gained both his undergraduate medical degree and more recently his post graduate masters degree in clinical biochemistry at the University of Papua New Guinea.
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