Electrolyte imbalances are common in many diseases. Conditions that can affect electrolyte balance include diet, kidney dysfunction, diarrhea, vomiting, polyurea, and cell damage throughout the body. Electrolyte analyzers are widely used in physician practice labs, clinics, testing centers, emergency rooms, ICUs, CCUs and operating theaters to measure electrolytes. Commonly measured electrolytes in clinical medicine include Sodium (Na+), Potassium (K+), Calcium (Ca+), Chloride (Cl-), Bicarbonate (HCO3-), Inorganic phosphorus (PO4-), and Magnesium (Mg+).
Measuring electrolytes helps physicians assess the fluid disorders and reach a diagnosis that can help in formation of the treatment plan. Speedy, precise and simple electrolyte analysis of bodily fluids is essential to detect organ damage or dehydration, especially in an emergency. This, in turn, depends on the efficiency of the electrolyte analyzer used.
Leading manufacturers offer advanced electrolyte measurement platforms that blend the advantages of automation with comprehensive testing capabilities in one compact unit. Today’s medical professionals need quality electrolyte analyzer models specifically designed to meet their needs. A good example of such systems, Medica’s line of EasyElectrolytes™ and EasyLyte® analyzers are ideal for use in small to medium-size laboratories.
These completely automated, microprocessor-controlled electrolyte systems use ISE (Ion Selective Electrode) technology to measure electrolytes. These user-friendly devices are easy to maintain, cost-effective and provide fast results, thereby enhancing lab productivity. Their key features and benefits include:
- Large display with simple yes/no prompted operation
- Convenient reagent module that holds all liquid calibrants
- Low reagent cost per test
- Innovative ergonomic design
- Easy to maintain – routine maintenance involves just the replacement of the reagent module, electrodes, and a single pump tube
- Storage of quality-control data for easy access
- Patient histories immediately retrievable for evaluation
Lab technicians need little training to operate these electrolyte systems. Advanced software and hardware, including an optional bar code reader, track all analyzer results. Precise control of calibrator volumes is assured with monitoring of calibration and calibrant usage.
Other efficient electrolyte analyzer models currently available include the AVL 9130 from AVL, a business unit of Roche Diagnostics, and the IONyte® from Awareness Technology, Inc. With intelligent user Interface, quality reagent systems, time-saving calibrations, and simple maintenance, these devices take electrolyte analysis to the next level.