RT Interviews Lawrence Cohen, President, ITC.
Close is not close enough for Lawrence Cohen. While near-patient testing may take a clinician just down the hall, point-of-care patient testing is essential for the best of patient care, says Cohen, president of ITC, an Edison, NJ-based developer of hemostasis management and point-of-care testing technology. RT spoke with Cohen to find out more about the value of point-of-care testing.
Q: How does point-of-care testing differ from near-patient testing and why is point-of-care testing important?
For example, in the cardiovascular operating room, many institutions perform blood gas and electrolyte testing with ITCs IRMA TRUpoint blood analysis system and coagulation monitoring with the Hemochron® microcoagulation system for immediate diagnostic test results and earlier intervention and treatment.
The clinician drawing the sample can easily perform testing and immediately act on the results without ever leaving the patients side, whether in an operating room or a critical care suite. That is true point of care.
Q: How does point-of-care testing create value for patients and RTs?
Point-of-care testing provides RTs with ultimate productivity. It improves workflow and provides timely results at the patients bedside. ITC point-of-care instruments are also self-contained and easy to use, requiring minimal training, maintenance, and calibration. RTs can draw a sample and analyze and adjust a patients ventilation quickly without ever leaving the room.
Both patients and RTs benefit when the patient is treated in a timely manner and can be moved to a step down unit instead of being in the operating room. Point-of-care testing improves the overall procedural experience and adds more value to the clinical outcome.
Q: What are the two most important elements RTs look for in a point-of-care system?
At ITC, we have focused exclusively on bedside testing longer than anyone else. We have unsurpassed experience developing point-of-care devices, implementing systems, and training staffs to use them. For more than 35 years, weve been helping clinicians get accurate results and make critical treatment decisions without delay directly at the point of care.