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Point-of-Care Blood Testing : More Than Simply Changing Venue

Barry A. Shapiro, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Chicago, IL 
 ,  Dr. Shapiro is James E. Eckenhoff Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesiology, Northwestern University Medical School.

Correspondence to: Barry A. Shapiro, MD, FCCP, 303 E. Superior, Suite 360, Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail: bshapiro@nmh.org



Chest. 1999;115(4):917-918. doi:10.1378/chest.115.4.917
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Existing management and regulatory policies for hospital-based diagnostics assume the existence of a specific location with an appropriate equipment inventory and an identifiable cadre of personnel trained to deliver the service. Technologic advances allowing a diagnostic service to be delivered in a location other than the traditionally defined location present significant challenges concerning personnel proficiency, assurance of quality, reliability of interpretation, and cost.


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