The pharmacist who completes the home-study and live components of this Point-of-Care Testing Certificate Program should be able to:
· Identify at least three opportunities for expanding patient-centered services in the community pharmacy setting, using point of care testing.
· Discuss the value and limitations of patient reported symptoms, medical history and drug allergies.
· Describe and perform the following physical assessments, when appropriate to patient care: blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, oxygenation, cervical lymph node inspection and body temperature.
· Describe and perform the following specimen collections used in point-of-care testing: throat swab, oral fluid collection, nasal swab and finger stick.
· Identify characteristics of the four exemplar infectious diseases (influenza, Group A Streptococcus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Hepatitis C) regarding: causative agents, transmission, immunizations, symptoms and presentation, appropriate therapy and point-of-care testing.
· Define and contrast the following terms as they relate to point-of-care testing in community pharmacies: CLIA, CLIA-waived, collaborative agreement, protocol, prescribe and diagnose.
· Explain the value and limitations of point-of-care tests, including rapid diagnostic tests, and list the steps a pharmacist can take to improve test performance.
· Apply all information to patient-specific cases based on common community pharmacy-based patient interactions.