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Bedside Testing / Direct Access Testing


The Division of Laboratory Medicine performs more than 600,000 tests annually at or near the patient’s bedside at the hospital and several of the Regional Outpatient Centers. This point-of-care testing provides rapid results that aid in treating patients.

Many point-of-care tests can be performed with very small volumes of blood. Some of these tests include:
  • Streptococcus rapid testing from throat swabs
  • Glucose and hemoglobin A1C level measurement for monitoring diabetes
  • Urinalysis
  • Selected blood counts
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Drug testing
In the hospital setting, blood gases, some chemistry testing, and blood cell counts are performed to closely monitor the children in the:
Bedside Testing / Direct Access Testing - Departments & Programs - Children's National Medical Center