Training program making a difference

3ml Syringe Workshop
PoCT Clinical Training Coordinator, Amy Sutherland has been working with PoCT Coordinators to improve training solutions across the state.  This has included targeted training for groups at some sites where there has been a loss of confidence in the results.  Since Linda Wilson (PoCT Coordinator) and Amy provided training at Parkes Emergency Department in August, hospital acute services team have only been advised of one discrepancy between PoCT troponin and high sensitivity laboratory troponin, which was then investigated and the PoCT solution the accurate result.  Prior to this education, there had been a huge loss of confidence with the testing.

Erin Warren, Nurse Unit Manager for the Acute Services credits increasing the amount in the syringe and improved mixing technique making a huge difference to the accuracy of the PoCT results.  Erin commented that "It has given the nursing staff some confidence with their technique and recently one of the junior nursing staff was able to let one of the locum doctors know that they sample they had collected (0.5mL) was not going to give an accurate result and got a recollect even though the doctor wanted them to test it anyway.  We are still doing quite a few PoCT troponins as well as high sensitivity and at the moment this is improving the staff confidence that the PoCT is accurate when performed correctly and may be an area of improvement for us in the future in reducing the double testing.  It has been great to reinforce the education at the mandatory training days.  Again thank you for your assistance in providing this education, there has been a big impact on the confidence in PoCT".

To find out more, contact PoCT Clinical Training Coordinator, amy.sutherland@health.nsw.gov.au