Point-of-Care Testing for Infectious Diseases
|Publication Date:||1 January 2020|
This report provides recommendations for clinicians, laboratories, public health agencies, and policymakers who are responsible for assessing, implementing, performing, and using point-of-care (POC) tests to improve management of infectious diseases. It also provides recommendations for indications, limitations, appropriate use, and reporting and interpretation for the major POC tests available. In addition, this report summarizes potential uses of POC tests in community outreach and public health testing and in resourcelimited settings.
The intended users of this report are point-of-care testing (POCT) professionals, including but not limited to POC coordinators, medical directors and laboratory directors of POCT programs, and microbiology laboratory directors. Users may also include public health agencies and public health policymakers.
This report is not intended to provide an overview of QC, QA, or other good laboratory practices as related to these types of POC tests. Nor is it intended to provide a comprehensive review of the emerging technologies in POCT for infectious diseases. For the most part, discussions in this report are confined to commercialized or soon-to-be-commercia