Stanbio β-HB Chemistry AssayHealthcare systems across the U.S. are lauding the diagnostic efficiency of Stanbio Laboratory’s Enzymatic Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (β-HB) assay. Effective assays for β-HB are crucial in diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), a life-threatening complication of poorly controlled or untreated diabetes.

According to the National Diabetes Statistics Report released June 10, 2014, up to 29.1 million Americans or 9.3% of the population had diabetes in 2010 and diabetes was the 7th leading cause of death in the United States that year. A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that more than a third of those aged 20 and over in the US is now thought to have prediabetes. Stanbio’s Beta-Hydroxybutyrate LiquiColor reagent is proving effective in determining both the presence and degree of ketosis in suspected diabetic ketoacidosis cases. The assay produces an accurate and quantitative value that is specific to the β-HB ketone.

Ketosis is a state characterized by elevated ketones in the body. Ketones are produced when the body burns fat for energy or fuel or when a person loses weight. Nutritional ketosis, defined by serum ketones ranging from 0.5 to 3.0 mM, is safe. However, diabetic ketoacidosis is potentially fatal.

According to a Stanbio press release, a major U.S. news magazine ranking shows that 15 of the top 25 diabetes and endocrinology hospitals are using a form of Stanbio’s β-HB assay. In the U.S., more than 900 hospitals have implemented β-HB testing to better serve their patients. Survey results from a widely recognized laboratory reporting organization show that:

  • Adoption of the Stanbio β – HB chemistry assay is up 200% from 2011 to 2013
  • In 2011, 9% of surveyed facilities reported using a form of the β – HB assay for ketone testing. The percentage has grown to 27% in 2013

The Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly in New York, the SEMPA 360 (Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants) show in New Orleans and the Southeastern Critical Care Summit at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta also highlighted the benefits of this quantitative chemistry assay.

Stanbio Laboratory is also known for its wide array of medical laboratory equipment including clinical chemistry, pregnancy, strep A, serology, urinalysis, and point-of-care hemoglobin tests.