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Arch Hellen Med, 28(3), May-June 2011, 380-382


Allocation of point of care testing analyzers to rural primary hospitals. A report on allocation planning

V. Wiwanitkit
Project Coordinator, Thai POCT Forum, Thailand

OBJECTIVE Laboratory investigation plays important roles in the management of diabetes mellitus (DM). The use of point of care testing analyzers (POCTs) can provide a solution for the rural local primary care hospital that has limited facilities for the setting up of a standard medical laboratory. An important concern at present is the management of the limited available resources for the local primary hospital in developing countries.

METHOD A basic study was made in resource allocation planning for POCT analyzers to primary hospitals in a rural province in a developing country, Thailand. Starting from site survey, budget allocation was further assigned on the necessity based principle.

RESULTS The necessity based principle permitted a final plan for allocation of POCT analyzers to be derived. Planning was made for running a POCT screening program.

CONCLUSIONS The allocation plan for POCT analyzers proved to be successful. The planning process reported here can be a useful reference for planning for medical facilities distribution in remote settings in developing countries.

Key words: Allocation, Analyzer, Point of care testing, Resource, Rural.

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