Education & events / 15 Mar 2017

Point-of-Care Testing (POCT)

Worldwide, we are experiencing a paradigm shift in healthcare gearing more towards Point-of-care testing (POCT) in critical areas. POCT, provides rapid and accurate information that aids clinicians in making timely diagnoses. This improves patient safety and clinical outcomes. Thankfully, technological advances in recent years have made POCT devices more mobile and easier to use. Additionally the growing emphasis on connectivity means that they have also become smartdevices, enabling information to flow seamlessly from patient bedside to hospital’s information system, and vice versa.

With the expansion in types, numbers and frequency of usage of devices in hospitals and clinics, there needs to be increasing collaboration between the different stakeholders (healthcare professionals, regulatory bodies and manufacturers, to name a few) to reap the full benefits of POCT. In the Southeast Asian region, POCT is relatively new to the healthcare industries. Recognizing this, Transmedic organized a series of events with the help of our partners, to bring these parties together and promote the exchange of information and ideas.

Immersion Workshops

  • On 31 August Thai perfusionists from Pramongkutklao hospital visited the National Heart Centre in Singapore to shadow and observe how our local team use the I-Stat arterial blood gas analyser and Centrimag blood pump in day to day operations. They were able to sit in on a live coronary artery bypass graft case, and picked up many lessons for home.

Perfusionists’ Appreciation Dinner

The 31st of August saw the congregation of perfusionists from around Singapore at Royal Plaza on Scotts. Perfusionists have the critical role of ensuring that blood and oxygen continue to circulate throughout a patients’ body, through the use of heart-lung machines, during open-heart surgery. It was an opportunity for them to gather, network and exchange experiences and ideas, all while enjoying a good meal. Andrew Lahanas, the Director of Clinical Perfusion, Sydney Children’s Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital, was invited to speak on his experiences with cardiopulmonary bypass operations and POC testing.

This event was jointly organised by Abbott Point of Care and Transmedic Pte Ltd.

Published on 15 Mar 2017

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