How to achieve quality for POCT through risk management

  • James H. Nichols


The POCT coordination, responsible for the quality assessment, should implement risk management principles for all POCT processes within a hospital. This chapter portrays frequent errors in the course of POCT and shows how quality control measures can reduce errors and prevent the generation of incorrect test results. Thus, the whole quality assessment requires a structured risk management by applying an individualized quality control plan (IQCP). This plan provides the opportunity to bring together multidisciplinary teams, engendering a better understanding of the weaknesses and limitations inherent to the testing processes. An IQCP can reduce errors, save costs, improve staff efficiency and enhance patient care for POCT.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James H. Nichols
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  1. 1.4918D TVC (The Vanderbilt Clinic)Vanderbilt University School of MedicineNashvilleUSA

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