Point-of-care testing (POCT)

Medical testing, using analytical devices (including test kits and analysers), that is provided near to the patient. The point of care test may be carried out by a member of the healthcare team, or a non-medical individual in a setting distinct from a normal hospital laboratory. This allows for more convenient testing and faster availability of results.

In this guideline, this term is used to describe devices for D-dimer or INR testing.