Lab Testing With Quick Results

CHILD, ADOLESCENT, ADULT AND GERIATRICS
Testing
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Physicians and nurses are trained in a variety of point-of-care tests.
  • Point-of-care tests are available in for patients in hospitals and clinics.
  • Promising new developments in point-of-care testing include DNA-based flu tests.

The latest breakthroughs in medical technology are changing the way patients are diagnosed for many diseases. Tests that may have taken days to come back – sometimes resulting in a delay in treatment and multiple doctor visits – can now be performed instantly, using point-of-care tests. 

At Yale Medicine, a team of laboratory scientists is working with doctors, nurses and technicians to make sure that this type of testing follows the highest standards for our patients’ care. “Point-of-care testing is an area that is really exploding,” says Sheldon M. Campbell, MD, PhD, associate professor of laboratory medicine at Yale School of Medicine. “There are a lot of new tests being developed that are very promising.”

Point-of-care tests are medical tests that are performed right next to the patient, with immediate results, rather than being sent to a medical laboratory for evaluation and confirmation. This category includes tests that a consumer can buy in a drugstore and perform at home, such as a home pregnancy tests.