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Point-of-Care Strategies: Critical Care, Disaster Medicine, and Public Health Preparedness Worldwide (Podcast)


Approximately 48 minutes

Course Description:

This podcast provides an introduction to point-of-care testing (POCT), how POCT can be used for acute care decision-making in acute care and rural settings, and what lessons have been learned about POCT from recent disasters. The mission and philosophy of the POC Technologies Research Network [NIBIB, NIH] also is discussed, along with the visual examples of POCT. The course concludes with recommendations for emergency preparedness with integrated POCT technologies.


This podcast fulfills, in part, the following Core Competencies for Teaching Emergency Preparedness to Health Professions Students and Clinical Personnel:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to incorporate evidence-based diagnostic procedures and laboratory studies to confirm the diagnoses and/or causative agents.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this podcast, participants will be able to:
  1. Define point-of-care testing (POCT).
  2. Identify several weaknesses of current POC technology.
  3. Understand how POCT can be used optimally within small-world networks.
  4. Recognize how POC technology can improve disaster preparedness and response efforts.

Target Audiences:

Public Health personnel, Physicians, Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Veterinarians, Lab Managers, Medical Technologists, Emergency Medical Services personnel


Gerald Kost, MD, PHD, MS, FACB
Dr. Kost is Professor and Director of Clinical Chemistry at the University of California at Davis Health Systems. He provides strategic planning and resource utilization for critical care, transplant centers, and emergency departments. His research focuses on myocardial injury, ionized calcium, critical limits and knowledge optimization to improve outcomes. Dr. Kost also directs the multi-million dollar NIH-funded UC Davis Health System & Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Point-of-Care Testing Center for Teaching and Research. He serves as an editorial reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association and other publications, and published three books and numerous articles.

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.