Point-of-care bilirubin testing in neonates is faster and uses less blood, but is less precise, than lab-based testing

Clinical Question

How reliable are point-of-care bilirubin tests in neonates?

Bottom line

Although point-of-care tests for bilirubin in neonates are quicker and use less blood than lab-based tests, they generally underestimate the value. Using point-of-care tests to guide treatment decisions requires caution. 1a

Study design: Meta-analysis (other)

Funding: Government

Setting: Various (meta-analysis)

Reviewer

Henry C. Barry, MD, MS
Professor
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI


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Anonymous

Point of care bilirubin testing

Maybe the point of care tests are the accurate ones. Also, is the difference significant for decision making

ARUP KUMAR DHARA

Impact assessment

Excellent