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Equipment maintenance and instrument performance

Emma H. Hooijberg BVSc, PhD1, Jennifer R. Cook DVM, MS2, and Kathleen P. Freeman DVM, PhD3
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  • 1 Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, Hatfield 0028, South Africa
  • | 2 Idexx Laboratories Inc, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302, England.
  • | 3 Synlab-VPG/Exeter, Exeter Science Park, Exeter EX5 2FN, England.
Introduction

Point-of-care devices, also referred to as patient-side or in-clinic devices, are laboratory equipment and automated instruments used to perform laboratory testing in proximity to patients outside of a commercial or reference laboratory. 1 In veterinary clinics, POC instruments include automated instruments such as hematology and clinical chemistry instruments, microscopes, and refractometers.

All POC devices require regular maintenance as part of a quality management plan (see second article in this series), and POC instruments also require calibration and use of QCMs to ensure accurate performance. The purpose of this article is to introduce quality-assurance concepts regarding POC instruments and

Introduction

Point-of-care devices, also referred to as patient-side or in-clinic devices, are laboratory equipment and automated instruments used to perform laboratory testing in proximity to patients outside of a commercial or reference laboratory. 1 In veterinary clinics, POC instruments include automated instruments such as hematology and clinical chemistry instruments, microscopes, and refractometers.

All POC devices require regular maintenance as part of a quality management plan (see second article in this series), and POC instruments also require calibration and use of QCMs to ensure accurate performance. The purpose of this article is to introduce quality-assurance concepts regarding POC instruments and

Supplementary Materials

    • Supplementary Appendix S1 (XLSX 19 KB)
    • Supplementary Appendix S2 (PDF 232 KB)

Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to Dr. Cook (jennifer-cook@idexx.com).