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Abbott Point of Care (APOC) partners with physicians and researchers globally to advance scientific knowledge and evidence of our products in various clinical settings to help accelerate patient care. Below is a compilation of peer reviewed journal articles and editorials demonstrating the clinical, analytical, operational, and economic value of APOC products.

Emergency Department

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Accuracy of a rapid glial fibrillary acidic protein/ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase L1 test for the prediction of intracranial injuries on head computed tomography after mild traumatic brain injury

ACADEMIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE. Bazarian et al 2021; 00:1–10


Objectives: To determine the accuracy of a new, rapid blood test combining measurements of both glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and ubiquitin carboxyl-terminal hydrolase L1 (UCH-L1) for predicting acute traumatic intracranial injury (TII) on head CT scan after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

Findings: i-STAT TBI Plasma test had high sensitivity for prediction of acute TII, comparable to lab-based platforms. The speed, portability, and high accuracy of this test may facilitate clinical adoption of brain biomarker testing as an aid to head CT decision making in EDs.

Implementation of Point of Care Testing in the Emergency Department of a Teaching Hospital in U.A.E

Howayyer et al 2019;

(method comparison)

Objectives: Analytical performance of i-STAT Alinity testing system was evaluated against laboratory methods in the Emergency Department (ED) of a tertiary care hospital. i-STAT CG4+ and CHEM8+ cartridges were used. User satisfaction was evaluated through a post operator training survey by non-laboratory personnel.

Findings: i-STAT Alinity demonstrated good correlation with standard laboratory methods along with satisfactory precision and linearity for all analytes tested. Analytical ranges for all the tested analytes were within the reportable range except creatinine which was slightly higher. The user friendly features of i-STAT Alinity, portability of the instrument and rapid results led to high operator confidence and a positive impact on patient treatment and disposition.

Early Point-of-Care Testing at Triage Reduces Care Time in Stable Adult Emergency Department Patients

Singer et al 2018;

(52 patients and 52 matched controls)

Objectives: Value of early point of care testing (POCT) at the time of patient triage prior to physician evaluation in the Emergency Department (ED) was evaluated at a tertiary care medical center. POCT was available for basic metabolic panel, troponin I, lactate, International Normalized Ratio (INR), or urine pregnancy test. 

Findings: ED care times reduced by approximately 1 hour with early POCT at triage compared with traditional core laboratory testing. Approximately 6% of the patients were immediately transferred to critical care areas to be seen by an ED physician. Slightly more than half of the treating physicians felt that early POCT at the time of initial assessment improved patient care, by changing the focus of their evaluation or leading to earlier treatment or disposition. In this study, although ED care times were reduced, total ED length of stay was not reduced.

 Does Rapid Assessment Shorten the Amount of Time Patients Spend in the Emergency Department?

Jarvis* et al 2014;

*Dr. Jarvis no longer works as a consultant at Calderdale Royal Hospital and he is currently employed by Abbott Laboratories. 


Objectives: Traditional patient triage (nurse-led triage model with blood samples analyzed in a centralized hospital laboratory) was compared with a consultant-supported rapid assessment model (EDIT model) with blood samples analyzed using the i-STAT System as the point of care (POC) solution in the Emergency Department (ED) of a district general hospital.

Findings: The combination of consultant-led early assessment and point of care testing reduced the time from patient arrival in the ED to disposition decision by 41% when compared with traditional patient triage. Level of improvement which can be attributed to POC or clinicians assessing the patients within minutes of their arrival in the ED remains unclear.

Time is Money— The Economic Impact of Point of Care on the Emergency Department of a Tertiary Care University Hospital

Schilling 2014; 


 Objectives: Economic value of point of care testing (POCT) was assessed in a Swedish Emergency Department. Direct cost of POCT vs. central laboratory and indirect costs such as reduction in waiting time was analyzed. i-STAT CHEM8+, CG4+, and cTnI cartridges were used.

Findings: For similar tests, there was a direct cost saving of US $111/patient with POCT as compared to central laboratory. Indirect cost savings were US $72.75/patient, including staffing costs and time saving. These findings might not reflect the findings in other clinical settings. Numbers should be recalculated in the actual local setting to reveal if the direct savings of POCT testing can be realized at the respective hospital.

 Effect of Troponin I Point-of-Care Testing on Emergency Department Throughput Measures and Staff Satisfaction

Koehler et al 2013;


Objectives: Impact of point of care (POC) troponin testing on turnaround times, door-to-troponin result time, ED Length of Stay (LOS) in patients with chest pain, and staff satisfaction with POC testing was evaluated. 

Findings: Average door-to-troponin result time reduced significantly from 105 to 51 minutes with POC testing. Average LOS decreased from 290 to 255 minutes however this change was not significant. High satisfaction among ED staff members was reported.

Cardiovascular Operating Room

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Clinical Evaluation of Measuring the ACT During Elective Cardiac Surgery with Two Different Devices

Falter et al 2018;


Objectives: Multi-site study across UK, South Africa and Switzerland evaluated Activated Clotting Time (ACT) measurements with two devices, i-STAT and Hemochron Jr. Patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery on cardiopulmonary bypass were included.

Findings: i-STAT ACT test demonstrated good correlation with Hemochron Jr with i-STAT reading slightly higher than Hemochron Jr. Additionally, i-STAT consistently demonstrated lower within-subject coefficient of variation (WSCV) compared to Hemochron Jr, making it more reliable for clinical decision making. Authors commented that the better reliability of the i-STAT may be due to the difference in ACT methodology.

A Two Site Comparison of Two Point of Care Activated Clotting Time Systems

Kemna EW et al 2017;


Objectives: i-STAT Activated Clotting Time (ACT) and Hemochron Signature Elite ACT values were compared using split samples from patients undergoing invasive surgery at two cardiothoracic institutes in the Netherlands and Germany.

Findings: i-STAT ACT values demonstrated better reproducibility (mean difference - 4.3% vs. 9.1%) and correlation compared to the Hemochron. In the therapeutic area (>250 s), Hemochron duplicate measurements became less precise. There are different possible explanations for the correlation results between the Hemochron and the i-STAT. The i-STAT is less susceptible to changes in fibrinogen levels, temperature, hematocrit and hemodilution compared to the Hemochron. These findings reflects precision and not accuracy. Since there is no true ACT value, clinicians rely on the precision (reproducibility) of tests.

Outpatient Settings

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Economic Evaluation of Point-Of-Care Testing in the Remote Primary Health Care Setting of Australia’s Northern Territory

Spaeth et al 2018;


 Objectives: Economic value of i-STAT point-of-care (POCT) testing at six primary health care facilities in rural and remote communities in Australia, where hospital and laboratory facilities are unavailable were evaluated. Economic evaluation was conducted using data from patients presenting with three common acute conditions (chest pain, chronic renal failure due to missed dialysis session(s), and acute diarrhea).

The number of unnecessary medical evacuations prevented with the use of POCT as an aid in decision-making for acutely ill patients was used as a basis of calculating cost savings per patient and Northern Territory (NT) wide.

Findings: Implementing POCT helped rule out 60 unnecessary medical evacuations during six-month study period. Associated cost savings per patient in chest pain, missed dialysis and acute diarrhea patient groups was AUS $4674, $8034 and $786 respectively translating to NT wide savings of AUD $21.75 million per annum in total. The clinical and cost effectiveness of POCT in this study was only examined for three common acute presentation types and may differ for other acute presentations.

The results shown here are specific to one health care facility and may differ from those achieved by other institutions.

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