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The Daily Advertiser in Wagga Wagga yesterday promoted how forty Riverina and Murrumbidgee health care workers were being trained on the latest point of care testing systems. The use of this technology improves patient care in rural and remote hospitals by being able to complete simple blood tests without transferring patients to larger health care facilities. This bedside blood testing reduces waiting times by providing quicker results and delivering earlier diagnosis.
Amy Sutherland, PoCT Clinical Training Coordinator discussed the benefits of these devices in preanalytics, while Brett Delahunty, PoCT local Coordinator for the area presented on the advantages for reporting patient details.
PoCT Coordinator, Jenny Garrett who is located in Wagga Wagga featured in the article commenting that "we started off with just two devices, now with the need increasing every town that has a hospital has a point of care system". There are currently 176 point of care testing devices being used in this area and supported by NSW Health Pathology.
Emma Horn, 'Simple blood tests done by bedside', The Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga, 17 November 2020).
To find out more, contact PoCT Clinical Training Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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