Journal of IMAB - Annual Proceeding (Scientific Papers)
Publisher: Peytchinski, Gospodin Iliev
ISSN: 1312 773X (Online)
Issue: 2015, vol. 21, issue 3
Subject Area: Medicine
Pages: 840-842
DOI: 10.5272/jimab.2015213.840
Published online: 05 August 2015

J of IMAB 2015 Jul-Sep;21(3):840-842
Emilia P. Georgieva1Corresponding Autor, Galina R. Petrova2, Todorka I. Kostadinova2, Stanislava Pavlova3.
1) Training and research sector “Medical laboratory assistant”, Medical College of Varna, Bulgaria
2) Department of Economics and Management of Health, Faculty of Public Health, Medical University - Varna, Bulgaria
3) Department of Health care, Medical University - Varna, Bulgaria.

The paper present the perspectives and the possible benefits of the POCT tests, conducted outside of the clinical laboratories. Laboratory tests are objective in their character, which is one of the main reasons for the constant increase in the number of laboratory tests.
The fast development of the technology in clinical laboratories, leads to the constant introduction of new markers, as well as the methods and equipment for the establishment of their values. Moving the laboratory diagnostics closer to the patient’s location (point of care testing) is a new tendency in the policy of health care. The tendency may be applied and is expanding, because of the fast development of biotechnologies. In a worldwide scale, POCT is essential for the public health care.

Key words: laboratory diagnostic, laboratory service, point of care test,

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Georgieva EP, Petrova GR, Kostadinova TI, Pavlova S. Curent trends in the practice of laboratory medicine. J of IMAB. 2015 Jul-Sep;21(3):840-842. doi:

Correspondence to: Emilia Georgieva, Training and research sector “Medical laboratory assistant”, Medical College of Varna; 84, Tzar Osvoboditel Str., Varna, Bulgaria; E-mail:

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Received: 21 May 2015
Published online: 05 August 2015

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