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Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine
Monday, March 4, 2013
Preventing Infections Related to Using Point-of-Care Testing Devices
The convenience and immediacy of point-of-care testing (POCT) has led to its use in many settings. But untrained or busy healthcare workers may overlook some basic sanitary practices when using POCT devices. This lack of attention is leading to nosocomial infections that can be attributed to contaminated devices. Here, Sharon M. Geaghan, MD, discusses how these infections occur and how to prevent them. Dr. Geaghan is professor of pathology and pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif.