Dr. Gregory Brammer is an experienced emergency medicine physician who has spent much of his time developing programs and providing training relating to point-of-care testing, particularly in his role as a Physician Supervisor for a number of EMS providers in the Greater Seattle area. Paramedics can make use of point-of-care testing to ensure that patient results are delivered to medical facilities quickly, so keep these pointers in mind to ensure you get the most out of the system.
Health and Safety
It is important that anybody who is involved in a point-of-care testing system is aware of the many hazards that are associated with the handling and disposal of body fluids, waste reagents and sharp objects outside of the laboratory setting. Paramedics and other emergency personnel must be provided with in-depth training to ensure they don’t place themselves at risk.
Know Your Device
Make sure that you understand the devices that you use for point-of-care testing inside and out, as this will ensure that you use them correctly. Pay particular attention to situations where you should not use such devices, as this will keep both yourself and your patients safe. Again, comprehensive training is needed to ensure paramedics know all of the risks.
Dr. Gregory Brammer notes that regular maintenance must be carried out on your point-of-care testing devices to ensure that they are safe for use when in the field. If an issue is discovered, the device should be decommissioned until it can be repaired or replaced.