In many healthcare settings around the world, people needing care often experience extended delays for accurate diagnostic results. Hours to days can pass while questions persist, leaving caregivers without answers, and patients without treatment. When every minute lost can greatly impact the delivery of care, answers can't wait.

MEET Hélène

After suffering a minor heart attack, Hélène* is scheduled for a stent procedure. To manage anticoagulant dosing and reduce the risk of complications, Hélène’s cardiac care team requires fast, accurate ACT results.

Under certain conditions, an ACT test performed using traditional mechanical methods, relying on a physical clot methodology, may lead to less reproducible results. Helene’s results, will help her clinical team make more accurate heparin dosing adjustments.

Answers can't wait

Using point-of-care testing, Hélène’s cardiac care team can stay informed at every step—making for more accurate, informed decisions to optimize Hélène’s care and set her on the road to recovery.
 *Character and story are fictitious and for illustrative purposes. Scenarios based on actual data on file.

Real-World Impact

when answers can't wait
Real-life stories of how POC Testing  impacts lives


When every minute matters

Tanya Joyner, a nurse administrator, thought she was fighting the flu when she began to feel unwell. After two weeks of antibiotic treatments and worsening symptoms, her husband Chris took her to the  hospital where they both worked.  Her doctor measured her lactate using the i-STAT blood analyzer, at the point-of-care in the emergency room. With a result of 6.3, the Joyner’s realized how serious her condition really was.



Dr. Hertner recalls a fit, 39-year-old patient arriving in the Emergency Department complaining of back pain.  Point-of-care testing discovered elevated troponin levels, an indicator of impending cardiac distress. The patient was immediately transferred to the cath lab where he, within 160 minutes of his arrival, received appropriate treatment.


Creating Better Patient Experiences

Connie Foreman is a cancer patient. In the past, she had to wait days before receiving blood test results, prior to treatment leaving her anxious. Now, with  point-of-care testing, Connie’s patient experience is more efficient and personalized–she gets her test results, and revised treatment plans all in one visit.


An Unacceptable Loss

After experiencing one of the worst days in his career, anesthesiologist Dr. Florian Falter became determined to find a safer way to manage bypass through ACT testing. After extensive research and analysis, he determined that precision and reliability were key, and i-STAT ACT carried these advantages.

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Peace of Mind When You Need it Most

When Michelle passed out and hit her head after experiencing excruciating chest pain, she was rushed to the hospital. Fearing it could be a heart attack, the clinician ran an i-STAT in the ED to identify potential cardiac-related issues. Being a point-of-care supervisor at this very facility, Michelle understands how important answers can be for the clinician and the patient.


Whether diagnosing a heart attack in a busy emergency department, monitoring a patient in the intensive care unit, or tending to marathon runners in distress, healthcare providers need access to fast, accurate diagnostic information. The i‑STAT System is a portable blood analyzer that delivers lab-accurate results in minutes—providing comprehensive, cost-effective solutions when they’re needed most.

By informing and allowing for accelerated clinical decisions at the point of care, with-patient testing empowers real-time collaboration across the care team—optimizing workflow and resource utilization, driving consistent, high-quality care, and enriching the patient experience. With point-of-care testing, clinicians can focus their time and energy on what matters most: helping patients get back to their lives. 

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Meet Bibi

Bibi* is a farm worker supporting her family of six.
Lately, she's been experiencing tightness in her chest.
She worries about losing her job if she takes the needed
time off to seek care.

Access to care
is limited

Travel to the nearest clinic takes Bibi three hours where she waits hours just to provide a blood sample. Her test results won't be available for two weeks, delaying her treatment and requiring yet another trip to the clinic.

Answers Can't Wait

For Bibi, having to wait too long for these critical results
can impact her livelihood, her family and her health.
 *Character and story are fictitious and for illustrative purposes. Scenarios based on actual data on file.

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Meet Helene:
1. Kemna et al. (2017) Clin Chem Lab Med 55(1):e13-e16.
2. Lewandrowski et al. (2011) Am J Clin Pathol 135:741-748.
3. White Paper - i-STAT System Comparative Verification Study in Two Canadian Hospitals. 1885 REV 1. January 2019. 
4. Data on fi le, Abbott Point of Care. E224063247-19-001. 
5. Falter, F. (2015) Point-of-Care Testing Supplement HHE 2015 14-16.
Meet Bibi:
1. Central Intelligence Agency. The World Factbook, Physician Density Fact Sheet 31 May 2018.
2. Engel, N, Pai, M et al.  Point-of-care testing in India: missed opportunities to realize the true potential of point-of-care testing programs. (2015)

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