Electrolyte analyzers are one of the most frequently ordered laboratory tests, especially for patients that come to the emergency room or are hospitalized. The electrolyte panel may be ordered either as part of a routine physical examination or as a component of a basic or comprehensive metabolic panel. Identifying and interpreting the acid-base balance help clinicians diagnose and treat a wide range of pathological conditions.
Electrolyte tests are commonly used to monitor treatment of certain problems, including high blood pressure (hypertension), heart failure, and liver and kidney disease. These diseases or conditions as well as certain medications can cause an electrolyte imbalance. Electrolyte tests measure sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate in whole blood, serum, urine, and plasma. If left untreated, electrolyte imbalances can cause dizziness, cramps, and irregular heartbeat, and sometimes even prove fatal.
In view of the importance of electrolyte analysis in monitoring critically ill patients and more, blood gas and electrolyte analyzers have evolved into sophisticated lab equipment for use in respiratory therapy and point-of-care diagnostics. Take superior quality systems such as Medica EasyElectrolytes and the AVL 9130 Electrolyte Analyzer. These state-of-the-art electrolyte analyzers come with computer interfaces and internal algorithms that ensure high levels of accuracy and timeliness. In addition to microprocessor-controlled technology, the AVL 9130 features an interactive dialog program and a built in thermal printer. It alerts the user on the optimal time to conduct preventive maintenance. It can store permanent data of each test, including date, time, test results, and sample number and mode.
Medica EasyElectrolytes analyzers are automated, microprocessor-controlled electrolyte systems that utilize ISE (Ion Selective Electrode) technology to make electrolyte measurements. The unique electrode design along with precise control of calibrator volumes assure economical operation and low cost per sample. . The measured results of Na+, K+, and Cl- are displayed and printed in 35 seconds on a 55 µL serum sample. The system is also user-friendly and easy to operate with simple yes/no prompted operation. The modular design facilitates easy maintenance. Leading lab equipment stores offer the Medica EasyElectrolyte Analyzer refurbished with a 90 day parts warranty.