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Point-of-Care Testing

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Examples of Point-of-Care Tests

There are many point-of-care tests available in a variety of settings. Here are some that you may encounter:

Test name Why it's done Where it's performed Who performs it
Blood glucose Diabetes screening and monitoring At home, clinic, hospital You, a healthcare practitioner
Activated clotting time  Heparin drug monitoring  Operating room  A healthcare practitioner 
Oxygen saturation  Assessment of oxygen delivery  Operating room, clinic, hospital  A healthcare practitioner 
Blood gases and electrolytes  Assessment of gas exchange, electrolyte disorders, acid-base disorder  Operating room, intensive care unit, emergency department  A healthcare practitioner 
Hemoglobin/Hematocrit  Screening for anemia Clinic, hospital  A healthcare practitioner 
Rapid HIV  Screening for HIV  At home, clinic, hospital  You, a healthcare practitioner 
Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)  Screening for hypothyroidism  At home, clinic, hospital  You, a healthcare practitioner 
hCG  Pregnancy testing  At home, radiology, emergency department, clinic  You, a healthcare practitioner 
Creatinine  Risk assessment for developing contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) Radiology A healthcare practitioner 
Lipid profile  Screening and diagnosis of high cholesterol, cardiovascular risk assessment, long-term monitoring of patients already on treatment Clinic, hospital  A healthcare practitioner 
Fecal occult blood Colorectal cancer screening  At home, clinic  You, a healthcare practitioner 
Dipstick urinalysis  Used to screen and monitor the kidneys and urinary tract and diagnose urinary tract infections  At home, clinic, hospital  You, a healthcare practitioner 
Rapid strep  Diagnose strep throat  Clinic, hospital  A healthcare practitioner
Prothrombin time/International normalized ratio (PT/INR)  Monitoring warfarin (anticoagulant) therapy  At home, clinic, hospital  You, a healthcare practitioner 

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