POINT-OF-CARE TESTING FOR CARDIAC BIOMARKERS IN THE ED: A BLUEPRINT FOR IMPLEMENTATION

The development of a POC testing program will require collaboration between emergency physicians and cardiologists, laboratorians, and hospital administrators. As the individual POC tests often cost more than the batch run central laboratory assays, determining the cost effectiveness of POC testing requires an understanding of how faster results can decrease time to disposition from the emergency department and speed the delivery of guideline-based therapies to patients with ACS.

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