Point-of-Care Testing: Technician Checklist
Many pharmacies offer point-of-care (POC)
testing as a patient care service. Testing
is often to help screen for or monitor chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes
(A1C) or high cholesterol (cholesterol levels).
Other POC tests can help identify certain infections (e.g., flu, strep
throat, hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus [HIV]). Pharmacy technicians can use this checklist for
ways to get involved in POC testing.
Market POC Testing Services
Hang posters or
place flyers inside bags at Rx pickup to advertise testing your pharmacy offers.
Talk to patients
in the waiting area or during Rx pickup about available testing opportunities.
- Work with the pharmacist
to come up with a “pitch” to be sure to cover the important points.
Fax or deliver promotional information about available testing
services to local prescribers.
Identify Eligible Patients for POC Testing
Help identify patients
based on medication use. For
example, look for prescriptions for statins, such as atorvastatin or simvastatin these patients may be eligible for cholesterol testing. Or, patients getting diabetes meds, such as
metformin or insulin, may be eligible for A1C testing.
Help identify patients based on symptoms. If your pharmacy offers influenza or strep A
testing, stay alert for patients with acute respiratory symptoms. You may identify patients when they ask for help
with symptoms (e.g., sore throat/fever [strep throat], sudden onset fever, cough,
for testing, keeping in mind factors such as the test itself, staffing, etc. Some tests can be done at any time of day,
even as a walk-in. Other tests may need
to be done first thing in the morning before patients have had anything to eat
or drink (e.g., when testing some cholesterol levels).1
tests, call patients the day before to remind them about their appointment.
with consent and screening forms. Enter
this information in the computer system or store it with your pharmacy’s POC testing
Enter the POC
test “prescription” into your pharmacy’s computer system. Use a basket or other method to place this in
line with other prescriptions to help with workflow.
Set up testing supplies
(e.g., throat or nasal swabs, lancets, bring refrigerated kits to room
pharmacist when everything is ready for them to perform the test. Or, perform assigned POC testing activities
as allowed by regulations and policy (e.g., finger sticks).1
Set a timer to know
when test results will be available. Notify
the pharmacist when results are ready so they can interpret the results and
disposal of supplies after use, including sharps and hazardous waste (i.e.,
Be ready to help
with new prescriptions that are needed based on test results (e.g.,
Help document test
results (e.g., file papers or enter results in the computer, notify prescribers).2
with follow-up services or educational programs offered at your pharmacy or in
the community, based on test results and as directed by the pharmacist (e.g.,
Administrative and Billing
with necessary training and documentation.
Manage inventory and
storage of testing supplies (e.g., room temperature, refrigeration, expiration
Help perform quality
assurance to ensure testing equipment and processes are running effectively (e.g.,
tracking testing, performing quality control tests on equipment, conducting
patient satisfaction surveys).2
Submit billing information
to payers or obtain payment for testing from patients.1
Project Leader in preparation of this clinical
resource (351205): Beth Bryant, Pharm.D., BCPS, Assistant Editor
- Keller ME, Kelling SE, Bright DR. Pharmacy technicians and point of care testing. J Pharm Technol 2015;31:143-8.
- Borchert JS, Phillips J, Thompson ML, et al. ACCP white paper. Best practices: incorporating pharmacy technicians and other support personnel into the clinical pharmacist’s process of care. June 2018. https://accpjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/jac5.1029. (Accessed November 5, 2019).
Cite this document as follows: Clinical
Resource, Point-of-Care Testing: Technician Checklist. Pharmacist’s Letter/Prescriber’s Letter. December 2019.