Point of Care Device Use in the Pediatric Emergency Department
To compare the effect of “point-of-care” (POC) analysis of blood work with traditional laboratory methods on length of stay in a pediatric emergency department (PED).
Device: Point of Care Device; i-Stat Analyzer
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
|Official Title:||A Randomized Trial to Assess the Efficacy of Point-of-Care Testing in Decreasing Length of Stay in a Pediatric Emergency Department|
- Total Length of Stay
- Time length for results return, disposition decision, time in ED proper
|Study Start Date:||January 2004|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||August 2004|
This study was a prospective, randomized controlled study of patients requiring blood work that a POC device was capable of performing. Length of time spent at various timepoints were prospectively recorded by a dedicated research assistant after randomization.