Pleural fluid pH testing on RAPIDPoint 500 Blood Gas Analyzers
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Pleural fluid pH measurement provides important information for the diagnosis of exudative pleural effusions. Blood gas analyzers are recommended as the most accurate method for measurement: The American College of Chest Physicians recommends the use of blood gas analyzers as the preferred method for categorizing and managing parapneumonic effusions.1 The RAPIDPoint® 500 Blood Gas Analyzer is a proven testing solution, providing laboratory-quality results that can enhance your clinical confidence.
Conditions that may cause exudative pleural effusion2
- heart failure
- esophageal rupture
- rheumatoid disease
- malignant diseases (particularly cancers of the breast, lung, and ovary)
Make Pleural Fluid pH Testing Easy
Performing pleural fluid pH testing is easy on the RAPIDPoint 500 Blood Gas Analyzer. You can:
- Select pleural fluids directly from the analysis screen.
- Obtain only the pH parameter on display.
- Choose optional setup correlation coefficients, if desired.
Perform Tests Faster with Greater Accuracy
Use the RAPIDPoint 500 Blood Gas Analyzer for your pleural fluid pH testing and your lab will benefit from features engineered to increase efficiency and ensure accuracy, such as:
- A simple, intuitive user interface for faster workflow.
- Adjustable touch screen for optimized viewing.
- Integrated bar-code reader to ensure error-free data capture.
- A single sample port for improved ease of use.
- Three simple steps to patient results—just scan, insert, and analyze.
- Bio-safe, hands-free, automated sample aspiration.
- Maintenance-free, cartridge-based system.
- Automated QC calibration.
- Automatic clot and bubble detection.
Deliver Results for Many Critical Care Parameters
RAPIDPoint 500 Blood Gas Analyzers deliver accurate, laboratory-quality test results all from a single sample and for multiple sample types (whole blood, pleural fluids, or dialysate fluids3). You can perform tests for a comprehensive menu of critical care parameters, including:
- Blood gas: pH, pO2, pCO2
- Electrolytes: Na, K+, Ca++, Cl-
- Metabolites: glucose, lactate
- Full CO-oximetry—includes total hemoglobin, the CO-ox fractions, and neonatal total bilirubin
- Pleural fluids pH
1Colic Gl, Curtis A, Deslauriers J, et al. Medical and surgical treatment of parapneumonic effusions: An evidence-based guideline. (AACP consensus statement) Chest 2000;188:1158-71.
2Cleveland Clinic. Diseases & Conditions. Pleural Effusion - Heart & Vascular Institute Overview. Available at http://my.clevelandclinic.org/disorders/pleural_effusion/ts_overview.aspx. Accessed 3/28/12.