Medical and clinical laboratories are always looking to improve output per head and service delivery. A lot depends on the efficiency of lab equipment. Take automated hematology analyzers, for instance. Used extensively in large and small hospitals, these devices are used to perform blood counts, differentiating white blood cells and identifying abnormal cells.
Assessing Capabilities – Points to Consider
There are many brands of hematology analyzers in the market and labs need to choose the right one. This can be done by evaluating the features of each device. The main factors that have to be taken into account include ability to deliver accurate results, carryover, and stability of samples. Other considerations could be: how user friendly the data management system is, whether it is easy to load and upload sample tubes, whether it offers relatively noise-free operation, and how quickly previous data can be retrieved. It is also necessary to check compliance with Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines.
The Versatile BC-3200
The Mindray BC-3200 hematology analyzer is a product that has all these qualifications and more. It can analyze 60 samples per hour, and is ideal for measuring parameters such as WBC, Lymph#, Mid#, Gran#, Lymph%, Mid%, Gran%, RBC, HGB, HCT, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW-CV, RDW-SD, PLT, MPV, PDW, PCT and histograms for WBC, RBC, and PLT. Important features include closed tube sampling, sampling with 4-position tube holder, micro sampling of 13µl, 3-part differential, and 19 parameters +3 histograms. The large color LCD display makes reading easy. It can store data for 35,000 samples with histograms and facilitates efficient data management on an external computer. The powerful BC-3200 comes with manufacturer warranty and can be purchased online from leading laboratory equipment stores.