Point‐of‐care testing in haemostasis

  title={Point‐of‐care testing in haemostasis},
  author={David J. Perry and David A Fitzmaurice and Steve Kitchen and Ian J. Mackie and Susan Mallett},
  journal={British Journal of Haematology},
Point‐of‐care testing (POCT) in haematology has seen a significant increase in both the spectrum of tests available and the number of tests performed annually. POCT is frequently undertaken with the belief that this will reduce the turnaround time for results and so improve patient care. The most obvious example of POCT in haemostasis is the out‐of‐hospital monitoring of the International Normalized Ratio in patients receiving a vitamin K antagonist, such as warfarin. Other areas include the… 
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