As a laboratory professionals, we struggle with the concept of point-of-care testing. The majority of point-of-care tests are performed by non-laboratorians who may not appreciate the nuances of lab testing. Laboratory testing matters whoever is performing the test. In our quest to deliver rapid, actionable test results, have we lost the essential emphasis on quality? Just because a test is simple to perform doesn’t mean it should be done in a cavalier way. Every test, every time, for every patient no matter how simple the test may be should be done with attention to quality, competency and learning from errors.
Why does lab testing matter? Because patient care decisions are frequently based on lab test results. Quality is not just important; it’s essential. Our patients deserve nothing less.
Simple Tests are Error Proof, Right?