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New portable coagulation analyser introduced

A new handheld, portable coagulation analyser (Xprecia Stride™, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics) has been launched, aiming to deliver fast, reliable testing in any clinical environment.

The analyser can be used for prothrombin time testing (PT/INR) for point-of-care monitoring and management of oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT) with warfarin.

The coagulation analyser is similar in size to a smartphone and weighs 300 g, and can be brought directly to the patient’s finger for efficient and comfortable blood sampling. Its user friendly interface uses simple icons and animation for ease of use. To help increase workflow efficiency and usability, an integrated bar-code scanner simplifies data capture for identification of operator and patient plus accurate calibration of new lot numbers prior to testing. Upon testing, PT/INR results are realised in seconds, utilising the same reagent used by Siemens central laboratory analysers to minimise any potential for variability.

“PT/INR tests are undertaken as part of therapy monitoring for patients with a host of conditions, including atrial fibrillation, open and minimally invasive heart valve replacement, deep vein thrombosis, and congenital heart defects,” said Steve Carey, Product Manager Point of Care at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. The device “allows easy data transfer to a computer; a colour display and provides animated step-by-step instructions to help guide the user during testing. Safety features include a first-of-its kind test strip eject button that allows the user to eject a used test strip and easily dispose of it without touching it, minimising any potential biohazard exposure,” he added.

Xprecia Stride™, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

Xprecia Stride™, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics

Published on: July 30, 2015

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