Roche has announced the release of the Cobas B 123 Point-of-care (POC) blood gas analyzer in the United States. The system delivers the regular blood gas parameters together with electrolytes, glucose and lactate within 2 minutes. One of the problems in point of care blood analyzers is clot formation. A special protection system helps prevent downtime due to clots from the reagent fluid packs. The only manual maintenance steps required are the replacement of consumables, making it ideal for use in POC settings.
The system can analyze pO2, pCO2, pH, Hct, Na+, K+, Ca++, Cl–, glucose, lactate, tHb, SO2, O2Hb, HHb, COHb, MetHb, neonatal bilirubin and calculate more than 30 other clinically useful parameters. Results can be automatically printed or transmitted to the laboratory information system.
The sample input area remains closed during operation between samples and there are no exposed needles in the system. Waste is collected in a sealed pack within the closed system and can be removed easily. The device is easy to handle and can be moved on a cart which makes it ideal for use throughout the hospital, especially when linked to the Cobas IT 1000 application. With the IT solutions package you can manage the cobas POC analyzers from your desk. The IT system offers remote configuration and control of all connected POC devices including all the warnings, alerts and measurement results.
Joe Crowley, senior vice president, Professional Diagnostics-Hospital, at Roche Diagnostics Corporation:
“The addition of the cobas b 123 POC system to our blood gas analyzer portfolio enables hospitals to provide lab-like accuracy for blood gas testing at the point of care, while reducing their potential maintenance requirements. As a result, respiratory therapists and other caregivers can spend more of their time focusing on patients and their needs.”
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