After the disaster: Sustaining quality point-of-care testing in a resource-poor environment

Sarah M. Brown, David Andrews

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Abstract

The disaster response following the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, was the largest in history. Point-of-care testing played a significant role in patient care in the immediate response. The medical needs of the Haitian population remain significant after the emergency response has abated. This article describes how point-of-care devices similar to those used in the disaster response can be used to establish a laboratory able to support a medical center in a resource-poor environment. Such a laboratory can allow for lifesaving medical treatments such as mechanical ventilation until the laboratory is able to maintain more traditional bench-top analyzers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-26
Number of pages4
JournalPoint of Care
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013

Keywords

  • developing nation
  • disaster
  • laboratory
  • point of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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