Evaluation of a mobile clinical pathology laboratory developed for the home care of pediatric patients following transplantation of peripheral blood precursor cells

Fabio Facco, Alessia Agazzi, Luca Manfredini, Sandro Dallorso, Giovanni Melioli, Salvatore Mangraviti, Vanessa Malpasso, Gyada Bazurro, Ennio Biagini, Roberto Bologna, Sandro Cappanera, Giuliana Cangemi, Elisabetta Fraternale, Giorgio Parodi, Emilio Pasquarella, Rodolfo Pessina, Cristina Contarini, Elda Cervetto, Daniela Caprino, Debora InnocentiFrancesca Virga

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Abstract

Background: A mobile clinical pathology laboratory (MoLab) was designed, outfitted and evaluated to improve the turnaround time (TAT) of laboratory tests performed in patients who receive follow-up care at home. Methods: Full blood counts (FBCs), basic clinical biochemistry tests on blood and urine, and basic coagulation and blood gases were measured using bench-top laboratory analyzers to perform point-of-care tests in a mobile setting. The quality of the results was evaluated on the instruments both while the vehicle was at rest and following movement during the course of routine activity. Results: The equivalence of the values produced by the point-of-care testing (POCT) and central laboratory (CL) measurement procedures was demonstrated and remained stable after movement in city traffic. The TATs ranged from a few minutes for FBCs to

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1637-1642
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Volume51
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2013

Keywords

  • external quality assessment
  • home care
  • method comparison
  • mobile laboratory
  • point-of-care testing (POCT)
  • quality control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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    Facco, F., Agazzi, A., Manfredini, L., Dallorso, S., Melioli, G., Mangraviti, S., Malpasso, V., Bazurro, G., Biagini, E., Bologna, R., Cappanera, S., Cangemi, G., Fraternale, E., Parodi, G., Pasquarella, E., Pessina, R., Contarini, C., Cervetto, E., Caprino, D., ... Virga, F. (2013). Evaluation of a mobile clinical pathology laboratory developed for the home care of pediatric patients following transplantation of peripheral blood precursor cells. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 51(8), 1637-1642. https://doi.org/10.1515/cclm-2012-0669