Critical Patient Insights at the Scene

Transforming Pre-Hospital Care to Improve Patient Outcomes

Emergency Medical Services

Use of point-of-care testing (POCT) equipment by paramedics for triage may reduce unnecessary attendance in emergency departments and inconvenience to patients.1

According to a 2021 article in the Journal of Paramedic Practice, having POCT results available at the time of paramedic assessment resulted in the following improvements in outcomes:1

  • Reduced conveyance to the emergency department by 21%.
  • Increased admissions by 10% for patients for whom pathology results indicated problems requiring urgent treatment that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.
  • Changed 31% of conveyance decisions as a direct consequence of the point-of-care test results.

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Additionally, patients reported high levels of satisfaction, and paramedics said POCT added value in 97% of cases where it was used to support decision making.1

An increasing need for POCT across EMS settings:

  • New national Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3) reimbursement guidelines promote a shift in where EMS patients are transported.2
  • Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an increase in utilization of EMS services to oversee Mobile Integrated Health (MIH)/Community Paramedicine (CP) house calls.3

The real-time assessment of critical results, such as metabolites, electrolytes, and blood gas, can provide valuable diagnostic data at the scene.4 By enabling result-driven decision making, POCT can lead to improved patient outcomes and reduced liability risks for health systems.

epoc Blood Analysis System

Right Result. Right Here. Right Now.

The epoc® Blood Analysis System delivers critical metabolite, electrolyte, and blood gas results in less than 1 minute, helping drive faster diagnosis and treatment decisions.

The epoc system provides critical information that helps inform the treatment path and site-of-care destination decision making across EMS settings:

  • Mobile Integrated Health (MIH)
  • Community Paramedicine (CP)
  • Critical Care Transport (CCT)
  • Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport (ET3)
  • Against Medical Advice (AMA)
  • 911 Response

By providing real-time data, the epoc system enables pre-hospital providers to confidently:

  • Change the IV fluids administered.
  • Adjust ventilator settings.
  • Treat life-threatening electrolyte imbalances.
  • Inform primary care providers about the status of their patients.
  • Support site-of-care decisions.

A Texas EMS agency reported using the epoc system on approximately 50% of their calls, referring to the lab results it provides as “a game changer” and reporting that the response from receiving facilities was quite positive.5

With the epoc system, pre-hospital providers can receive accurate on-the-scene results that can guide their immediate actions and help improve patient outcomes.

Learn about the clinical utility of the epoc Blood Analysis System in the pre-hospital setting

Features & Benefits

epoc Blood Analysis System with the NXS Host


  • Metabolic, electrolyte, and blood gas testing on a single test card
  • Room-temperature stability
  • Results available in <1 minute
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Arterial, venous, or capillary sample collection
epoc Blood Analysis System with the NXS Host


  • Robust, sturdy design
  • Compatible to POC informatics solutions for reliable data transmission to the LIS/ePCR
  • Long battery life
epoc Blood Analysis System with the NXS Host

Clinically Accurate

  • Lab-quality results
  • 92-ul sample volume
  • Built-in quality and procedural controls help maintain test accuracy

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