Urinalysis is a urine screening tool that provides important information regarding the status of carbohydrate metabolism, kidney function and liver function, and acid-base balance. It helps detect different metabolic, kidney disorders, and urinary tract infection. Urinalysis is widely used in drug testing in sports and in the workplace. Point of care urinalysis analyzers perform testing at or near the site of patient care and provide rapid results, which allows the physician to take quicker clinical decisions. Quality models come with a urine strip reader, a type of reflectance photometer that can process several hundred strips an hour.
Siemens CLINITEK Family of Analyzers
CLINITEK Status+ – This CLIA-waived point-of-care urinalysis analyzer from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics automatically checks each test strip for humidity exposure, common sample interferences and strip identification for Siemens test strips. It provides in-office test results in about 1 minute. Along with patented test strip technology, it also features simple, intuitive touchscreen operation. Manual tasks are eliminated with features such as
- Automatic printed reports
- Barcode reading capability
- Auto-identification of test strips
CLINITEK Advantus – This device provides consistent, reliable results with one-touch switching between test strip configurations. These auto-checks for strip identification and humidity exposure improve data integrity and workflow, and help ensure quality results. Improved workflow eliminates the need for manually selecting urinalysis strip type. Added capabilities of this analyzer include
- Easy-to-use color touchscreen
- Ability to consolidate microscopy results onto one patient record
- Increased control with automatic QC prompting and QC lockout capability to ensure compliance
Clinitek 500 – This urine chemistry analyzer delivers exceptional performance, and no warm-up and calibration are required. It uses Multistix 10 SG Reagent Strips for urinalysis and provides testing for multiple chemistries such as glucose, ketone, bilirubin, occult blood, urobilinogen, protein, leukocyte, nitrite, pH, and blood. Its added capabilities and key features include
- Immediate start-up mode and two sieve functions
- Flexible reporting options
- Large display with touch-sensitive action
The CLINITEK Microalbumin Reagent Strips provide semi-quantitative results with a hard-copy report on the CLINITEK Status® family of analyzers, making them ideal for point-of-care testing. The strips are also convenient for testing random urine samples, eliminating the need to collect a timed sample. Siemens reagent strips need to be stored at room temperature in the original bottle. Transferring unused reagent strips to other containers may cause the strips to deteriorate and become unreactive.