[Point-of-care blood gas analysis as a tool for COVID-19 patients: a prehospital setting experience]

Recenti Prog Med. 2021 Dec;112(12):821-823. doi: 10.1701/3710.37008.
[Article in Italian]


Portable blood gas analyzers are intended for blood Point-of-care testing (POCT); they make it possible to perform the examination directly at the patient's bed. During the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, this device proved useful in emergency medical service for the early assessment of respiratory distress, allowing the appropriate care level to be determined for each patient. 25 cases of covid-19 positive patients in the province of Arezzo were analyzed; POCT blood gas analysis made it possible to evaluate and treat at home about half of the patients (52%) and to admit the others directly to the most appropriate ward. However, some critical issues were found; the limited sample size suggest further research to assess the actual impact of this technology.

MeSH terms

  • Blood Gas Analysis
  • COVID-19*
  • Emergency Medical Services*
  • Humans
  • Point-of-Care Systems
  • SARS-CoV-2