Blood gas analysis plays an important role in clinical diagnostics, especially in critical or intensive care. Today’s blood gas analyzers are advanced analytical systems that can simultaneously perform hemoglobin quantitation and cooximetry, as well as measure electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, ionized calcium and magnesium), glucose, lactate, and creatinine. They allow the complete analytical procedure to be performed with small specimen volumes.
These testing platforms range in size and weight from convenient, hand-portable systems for point-of-care (POC) testing to benchtop analyzers. Test menus can be customized to include any combination of analytes and calculated parameters depending on the capability of the equipment. Blood gas analysis may be performed in a central laboratory, in a clinic at the point of care, or even in a mobile setting such as when a patient is being transported from an accident scene to a healthcare facility.
As arterial blood gas measurements are commonly used in emergency care, it is vital that results are obtained quickly and accurately. Leading manufacturers have harnessed the developments in technology to develop state-of-the-art, user-friendly automated blood gas analyzers that save time and increase accuracy by eliminating manual errors. Here are a few of the popular instruments in the market:
- Bayer’s Rapidpoint 400 is designed to provide maintenance free operation at all times. It can measure pH, blood gas, electrolytes, glucose and hematocrit with high precision
- Medica’s EasyBloodGas™ offers traditional blood gas analysis in a new compact format and features simple menus that guide the user through operation
- The RAPIDLab® 1200 systems from Siemens feature a comprehensive test menu to address every critical care testing need and ensure accuracy and reliability through long-life Ready Sensor® electrode technology
When it comes to purchasing new or recertified blood gas analyzers, the best option for is to shop online. With an established dealer, laboratories can expect quality laboratory equipment at competitive rates.