This well-established field program manages point-of-care testing on the Abbott i-STAT device for the care of patients with both acute and chronic diseases across a network of almost 80 remote health centres in the Northern Territory. It is delivered through a formal partnership between the Northern Territory Department of Health and our Centre.
The Abbott i-STAT measures multiple pathology test profiles including blood electrolytes, urea, creatinine, glucose, blood gases and lactate, cardiac troponin I and INR.
The program has proven to be operationally effective with the annual number of patient tests conducted increasing ten-fold since it began in 2008 and a high stakeholder acceptance.
It is also clinically effective, improving clinical outcomes for cardiac and acutely traumatised patients in particular.
There have been multiple cases of saved medical evacuations as a result of the ability to conduct on-site point-of-care testing to evaluate the immediate clinical status of patients (with resultant cost savings to the Northern Territory Government).
Researchers from our Centre
Our Northern Territory Department of Health partners include:
Dr R Omond