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Point-of-Care Testing in Primary Care

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Point-of-care testing (POCT) in pediatric primary care is essential for clinicians to make a timely and accurate diagnosis. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of timely and accurate testing strategies to correctly identify the etiology of upper and lower respiratory infections. Additionally, pediatric POCT continues to be important in rural and underserved communities where access to hospital laboratories may be less available. This chapter will focus on seven rapid tests: Group A streptococcus (GAS), influenza A & B, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), C-reactive protein (CRP), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c).

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  • Point-of-care testing (POCT)
  • Pediatric primary care
  • Group A streptococcus (GAS)
  • Influenza A & B
  • SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • C-reactive protein (CRP)
  • Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)
  • Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)

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Acknowledgement Figures 5.1–5.7 were contributed by Lieselotte Elliehausen.

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Stace, L.B. (2022). Point-of-Care Testing in Primary Care. In: John, R.M. (eds) Pediatric Diagnostic Labs for Primary Care: An Evidence-based Approach. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-90642-9_5

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