Critical parameters for cardiovascular operating rooms and cardiac catheterization labs

Cardiac care

tHB measured by oximetry on the ABL90 FLEX reduces risks and costs of blood transfusion in the CVOR

Radiometer America’s point-of-care analyzers play an important role in cardiac care, particularly in cardiovascular operating rooms (CVOR) and cardiac catheterization (cath) labs.

For cath lab procedures, Radiometer’s cassette-based, stand-alone CO-oximetry analyzer ABL80 FLEX OSM version provides lab-quality oxygen saturation measurements and dyshemoglobin fractions at the point of care in as quickly as 60 seconds. It does so reliability and without added cost or complexity.

Radiometer’s co-oximetry also plays a key role in the CVOR. With the ABL90 FLEX analyzer, hemoglobin results are available in the hands of the clinician in just 35 seconds. Unlike devices that utilize conductivity, the ABL90 FLEX is not impacted by changes in the patient’s fluid intake. Having lab-quality tHB results in the CVOR and having it so fast reduces the risks and costs associated with blood transfusions.

A recent study at the University of California Davis Medical [1] Center compared tHB results for a typical transfusion threshold of 7.0 g/dL on the Radiometer’s ABL90 FLEX analyzer to that of the lab (Beckman LH780) and competing point-of-care devices. When compared to the lab, the ABL90 FLEX showed the best accuracy and precision of all POC analyzers.

The study underscored how the greater accuracy of the ABL90 FLEX analyzer can help avoid unnecessary transfusions, dramatically reducing patient health risks, not to mention avoidable costs of processing a unit of blood.

For more information, listen to the on-demand webinar Blood Conservation at the POC: The right technology can make a difference presented by Dr. Nam K. Tran, PhD, MS, FACB of the University of California, Davis.

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