WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Critical Care Transport Service is the first emergency medical services agency in the country that the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has accredited as a point of care testing lab, according to NHRMC.
Officials say the accreditation means that NHRMC's Critical Care Transport, Airlink/VitaLink, has met what CAP defines as the highest standards of excellence for performing certain blood tests while transporting a patient to definitive care.
NHRMC's Critical Care Transport Service performs some blood testing, including testing for hemoglobin and glucose levels, electrolyte abnormalities, and pH.
With one test the clinical staff can initiate care for these emergencies while still en route to the hospital, which allows the transport team to mobilize the appropriate care team at NHRMC, so that specialized providers are waiting for the patient upon arrival to the hospital.
The CAP accreditation process includes a rigorous evaluation. Inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years, according to NHRMC.
Officials say CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.