Buying hematology analyzers for clinical laboratories can be a challenge as there are several types of models designed to meet different volume and testing needs. Here are some useful tips:
Consider the size of your laboratory and its immediate and future throughput and testing needs. A large volume system can meet high throughput and testing requirements such as white blood cell count differentials. A smaller unit can provide basic measurements. For a high volume of routine tests, adding on a small analyzer for specialty and stat tests can be an additional advantage. An analyzer that provides stat testing is important in main labs as it necessary for determining diagnosis, follow up care and the effectiveness of treatment.
Consider budget constraints. The latest models offer the advantage of the latest technology and you cannot avoid advanced technology if your lab operations demand this. On the other hand, you can purchase a used recertified hematology analyzer that cost much less than new if your budget is your prime concern.
Choose lab equipment that is reliable and durable. Go for a hematology analyzer from a leading brand. Ensure that it can provide accurate results within the specified time.
Auto sampling or closed tube sampling is a desirable feature in a hematology analyzer to avoid risk of infection. Look for limited operator intervention during the analytical process. The system’s computer interface capabilities are also important to easily view and print results.
The best way to purchase a hematology analyzer that suits your needs is to find a lab equipment supplier that offers a wide variety of models, both new and recertified. Make sure that the dealer offers prompt repair and maintenance services as when units break down, fast service is necessary to prevent deterioration of blood samples.