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CLSI revises standards on POC testing

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Aug. 17, 2015—The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute has released new and revised standards on point-of-care testing in relation to glucose measuring and monitoring. “Effects of Different Sample Types on Glucose Measurements, 1st Edition (POCT06-Ed1)” provides information to assist the clinical and point-of-care staff in result and measurement procedure comparisons of glucose tests. “Glucose Monitoring in Settings Without Laboratory Support, 3rd Edition (POCT13-Ed3),” focuses on performance of point-of-care glucose monitoring systems, with an emphasis on safety practices, quality control, training, and administrative responsibility.

POCT06 suggests ways to optimize laboratory and hospital staff efficiency, minimize patient discomfort, and help to ensure the quality and accuracy of glucose results. The new document aims to help identify the possible causes of differences in glucose test results when different measurement technologies, sampling sites, or sample types are used. This document is intended for use by clinicians, point-of-care teams, pathologists, laboratory directors, and manufacturers of glucose testing devices.

POCT13 contains a question-and-answer format that provides recommendations related to administrative structure, operator authorization, test system selection, quality assurance, and test procedure. The revised document includes samples of meter maintenance and quality control logs, and includes updates to information about safety, training, and alternate site testing that have changed since the document’s previous release in 2005. This document is intended for use by personnel monitoring glucose levels at sites other than a hospital laboratory.

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