Hospital-based healthcare providers today are under greater pressure than ever to administer cost- and time-efficient cardiac care that directly enhances patient outcomes. A critical strategy for achieving these goals is the utilization of rapid point-of-care (POC) diagnostics.
Although the benefits of POC cardiac testing have been well documented, many hospitals still use central workstations to process tests or input results, and this approach is far from optimal. Centralized testing delays results — preventing physicians from making the most informed treatment decisions in an actionable timeframe — creates efficiency-sapping bottlenecks and drives up healthcare costs.
Speeding Triage of Cardiac Patients
Rapid POC cardiac testing platforms address these issues by facilitating accurate evidence-based diagnostic and triage decisions. These tests provide critical results more easily and quickly, empowering staff to identify those patients at greater risk for complications, administer appropriate treatment sooner and help optimize health outcomes. In studies of chest pain patients, POC testing of troponin I and other cardiac markers was associated with significant decreases in time spent in the emergency department (ED) and in the hospital, and increased rates of successful discharge, versus central laboratory testing.