Table of Contents
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’S)
- Q1. Why is Haemoglobin Testing at the Point of Care Important?
- Q2. What distinguishes conventional laboratory testing from point-of-care hemoglobin testing?
- Q3. Which techniques are frequently employed for point-of-care hemoglobin testing?
- Q4. Which assays are frequently included in a laboratory hematology test set?
- Q5. Can the findings of a laboratory hematology test be influenced by things like food or medication?
- Q6. What role does the Complete Blood Count (CBC) play in laboratory hematology?
POC, or point-of-care Hemoglobin testing is the process of measuring a patient’s blood hemoglobin levels at the patient’s bedside or in the immediate vicinity of the site of care. Red blood cells include a protein called hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to the body’s other tissues. In several medical circumstances, including the treatment of anemia, evaluation of oxygen-carrying ability, and decision-making regarding medical interventions, hemoglobin levels must be closely monitored.
POC testing’s primary feature is its immediacy, which allows for quick results without requiring samples to be submitted to a central laboratory. This facilitates prompt decision-making and treatment plan modifications by healthcare professionals. POC hemoglobin testing equipment is appropriate for use in clinics since it is frequently portable and easy to use.
Laboratory hematology tests are a series of diagnostic procedures used to evaluate different characteristics of blood and tissues that make blood in a laboratory setting. These tests are essential for the identification, tracking, and treatment of numerous blood-related illnesses, including infections, clotting issues, anemia, and leukemia.
These examinations are critical components of the comprehensive evaluation of a patient’s health and are vital resources for medical practitioners in the identification and treatment of hematological diseases. The outcomes of these tests are used to monitor the effectiveness of medical therapies and to inform treatment decisions.
|Point-of-Care Hemoglobin Testing
|Laboratory Hematology Tests
|Quick results within minutes
|Longer turnaround time
|Sophisticated laboratory equipment
|Slightly less accurate
|More accurate results
|Lower cost per test
|Higher cost per test
|Minimal training required
|Specialized training needed
|Smaller sample volume
|Larger sample volume
|Higher degree of automation
|Basic quality control measures
|Rigorous quality control procedures
|Less precise measurements
|High precision and accuracy
|Less stringent regulatory requirements
|Stringent regulatory compliance
|Less complex testing procedure
|More complex testing process
|Simple maintenance requirements
|Complex maintenance protocols
|Instant or rapid results
|Simple user interface
|Advanced interface for skilled operators
|Minimal sample processing steps
|Multi-step sample processing
|Non-portable, fixed laboratory setup
|Limited range of parameters
|Extensive range of parameters
|Lower throughput capacity
|Higher throughput capacity
|Basic data handling capabilities
|Advanced data management and analysis
|Simplified calibration process
|Complex calibration protocols
|Suitable for remote or decentralized settings
|Not suitable for decentralized settings
|Limited connectivity options
|Advanced data connectivity options
|Fewer reagents required
|Multiple reagents involved
|Risk of Contamination
|Relatively higher risk
|Lower risk of contamination
|Limited customization options
|Customizable testing protocols
|Basic sample identification
|Advanced sample tracking system
|Relatively higher margin of error
|Lower margin of error
|Volume of Data
|Limited data output
|Comprehensive data output
|Basic record-keeping features
|Elaborate record-keeping systems
|Highly scalable in larger laboratories
|Prone to interference from external factors
|Resistant to external interference
|Requires basic technical expertise
|Demands specialized technical knowledge