Beth Urban, MT (ASCP)
Lori Trader, MT (ASCP)
Lisa Wilson, MT (ASCP)
Diane Norback, MD, PhD
Point of Care/Point of Service testing refers to any diagnostic laboratory testing performed under the UWHC umbrella that is not performed or processed within the Clinical Laboratories. UWHC Clinical Laboratories provide consultative services for laboratory testing in all patient care areas.
Services provided by the Point of Care Coordinators in the Clinical Laboratories include:
- Method validation of new instruments or test methods
- Assistance with procedure manual preparation
- Developing quality control and quality assurance programs
- Resolving quality control problems
- Oversight of competency testing
- Result audits
- Meeting regulatory requirements
Requests for new point of care tests or the expansion or relocation of existing point of care tests must be approved by the Laboratory Practice and Testing Oversight Committee, in accordance with UW Health Clinical Policy 2.5.3. Please contact a Point of Care (POC) Coordinator for more information.
For technical problems with the glucose meters, contact one of the Point of Care Coordinators listed above. Place the meter on a charging/downloading base with a troubleshooting card or note attached to the meter describing the problem. A POC Coordinator will come to the area and either repair or replace the meter the next working day. Do NOT use one of the orange Broken Equipment tags on the glucose meters. For problems with results downloading from the bases, contact the POC Coordinators weekdays or the Help Desk at (608) 265-7777 off hours and weekends.
NOVA Glucose Meter FAQ
Hemochron® Signature Elite
Hemochron® Signature Elite: Point of Care Testing Quick Reference Guide
Refer to UWHC Policies:
- Lab Point of Service Testing; UW Health Clinical Policy 2.5.3
This policy defines the application and review process for new point of service laboratory testing, the implementation process for approved testing, the on-going requirements of the testing site for point of service laboratory testing and the requirements for entry of results in the patient medical record as required by CLIA and other accrediting agencies.
- Entering Test Results into UW Health Link (EPIC); UW Health Clinical Policy 3.2.4
This policy ensures consistency and good quality practice in the use of Enter/Edit Results along with compliance with all related UWHC and UWMF Policies and Procedures.
Refer to UWHC Policies:
- Urinalysis Testing with Labstix Reagent Strips, Hemacombistix Reagent Strips or Multistix Reagent Strips, 1595.P039
- Urine Specific Gravity by Refractometer, 1595.P038
- Fecal Occult (Guaiac) Hemoccult®, 1595.P041
- Hemochron Signature Elite Activated Clotting Time Testing: UWHC Departmental Policy 1595.P007
- Nova Stat Strip Blood Glucose Meter, Nursing Patient Care Manual 11.26
Competency and QC forms
Contact a POC Coordinator for assistance in determining the correct competency plan, QC process and forms to use.