Point-of-Care

Performing Waived Molecular tests? Understand the changes coming in April!

February 19th, 2020|Tags: , , |

Bobbi Pritt, MD, chair of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) microbiology committee, answers questions about upcoming changes for CAP-accredited laboratories, coming up in April. CAP-accredited medical laboratories that [...]

Flu Virus Transmission and Mutation: What does it mean to clinicians and patients?

December 18th, 2018|

2018 marks several interesting, historical anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of a woman’s right to vote in Great Britain and Ireland, the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and [...]

Sexually Transmitted Infection Diagnostics and Treatment: What You Need To Know

November 15th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

The mention of STIs (sexually transmitted infections, also called STDs or sexually transmitted diseases) may make some flashback to junior high health class. Good news—this isn’t the 8th grade anymore! [...]

Molecular Lateral Flow Diagnostics- A New Era for Point-of-Care Testing

May 4th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

If you’re like many physicians and Point of Care (POC) laboratories, you may be dealing with suboptimal performance from some of your current diagnostic methods. For example, conventional Rapid Influenza Diagnostics Tests (RIDTs) vary in terms of sensitivity and specificity whenRapid Influenza Diagnostics Tests (RIDTs) vary in terms of sensitivity and specificity when compared with viral culture or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). compared with viral culture or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Product insert information and research publications indicate that in general, RIDTs sensitivities are approximately 50-70%.

Sexually Transmitted Infections and Infertility – Important Women’s Health Issues

April 20th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , , |

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Awareness Month in the U.S., which aims to raise public awareness about the impact of STDs and the importance of [...]

Point-of-Care Testing in the Physician’s Office – Improving Outcomes and Reducing Costs

January 27th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

Diagnostic Testing at the Point-of-Care: Improving Patient Outcomes While Reducing Practice Costs Whether it’s diagnosing vitamin D deficiencies, managing thyroid disorders or monitoring prostate cancer, [...]

European Commission Launches New Plan to Address Antimicrobial Resistance

September 17th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) recently highlighted attention in Europe on the subject of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). [NOTE: the BIVDA Weekly Update is [...]

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