Electrolyte abnormalities or imbalances in the levels of calcium, chloride, magnesium, phosphate, potassium, and sodium in the blood, can cause life-threatening situations in emergencies. Electrolyte values are measured in most critically ill patients in the intensive care unit. In such situations, obtaining results quickly is necessary for prompt treatment. Electrolyte assays are carried out using ion-sensing electrodes (ISEs) in electrolyte analyzers. Medica Corporation’s EasyLyte Analyzer features superior ISE technology and is fully featured to rapidly measure combinations of Na+, K+, Cl-, Li+, Ca++, and pH in whole blood, serum, plasma, or urine.
Benefits of ISEs for Measuring Electrolyte Abnormalities
These electrodes feature an ion selective membrane that undergoes a specific reaction with the matching ions in the sample under analysis. The main advantages of ISEs are:
- Wide concentration range
- Not affected by color or turbidity of sample
- Ease of use in the laboratory and point-of-care
- Rapid response time
- Provides real-time measurements
- Ideal for long-term monitoring changes in ion concentration
EasyLyte – Ideal for Small to Medium-size Labs
Physicians order electrolyte tests to monitor treatment of medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart failure, and liver and kidney disease. Rapid and accurate assessment of electrolyte abnormalities therefore plays a critical role for proper patient management. Manufactured by Medica, the EasyLyte is specially designed for low cost-operation and fast tests, making it a valuable asset for improving lab productivity.
A completely automated, microprocessor-controlled electrolyte system, the EasyLyte features simple yes/no prompted operation, low maintenance, and high reliability in one economical design. Its state-of-the-art electronics and innovative ergonomic design sets it apart from competitors. This analyzer also stores quality-control data in a way that it is easily accessible. Patient histories can be retrieved straight away for evaluation.