New Developments in Coagulation Analyzing

Morayma ReyesA July 28th press release from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics introduced their newest development for fast and reliable testing at the point of care: a portable coagulation analyser.

Similar in size to a smartphone and weighing 300g, the Xprecia Stride Coagulation Analyser is a hand-held and portable coagulation analyser that’s able to deliver fast, reliable testing in any clinical environment.

Launched by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, it’s used for prothrombin time testing (PT/INR) for point-of-care monitoring and management of oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT) with warfarin, which is a vitamin K antagonist, the Xprecia Stride was specifically designed to meet the increasing demand for speedy and reliable PT/INR results to help clinicians make accelerated and confident decisions.

Part of therapy monitoring for patients with a myriad of conditions including atrial fibrillation, open and minimally invasive heart valve replacement, deep vein thrombosis, and congenital heart defects, PT/INR tests provided by Xprecia Stride are “designed to be safe and efficient whilst allowing many patients to be tested in a broad variety of environments,” said Steve Carey, Product Manager Point of Care at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

Carey claims the Xprecia Stride to be one of the most user-friendly designed point-of-care coagulation analysers since they became available over two decades ago. With it’s very user-friendly interface featuring simplistic icons and animation, it can be held at a variety of angles to ensure efficient and comfortable blood sampling when brought directly to the patient’s finger.

For even more efficiency, an integrated bar-code scanner simplifies data capture for identification of operator and patient plus accurate calibration of new lot numbers prior to testing. Results are processed within seconds of use, utilising the same reagent used by Siemens central laboratory analysers to minimise any potential for variability.

Allowing easy data transfer to computers, a color display, animated step-by-step instructions to help guide the user, and safety features that allow users to eject a used test strip and easily dispose of it without ever touching it, it’s no wonder the Xprecia Stride is the recipient of the internationally respected Red Dot Award: Product Design for 2015.

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Celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Morayma Reyes

Happy National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

The week of April 20-26 is an exciting time for laboratory professionals who have played an important and vital role in delivering excellent medical service to patients in the United States. Due to the fact that most of their work is conducted behind the scenes, not many people are aware of their hard work and dedication in achieving accurate test results. For this reason, the National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) is dedicated to recognizing and honoring all 300,000 professional pathologists throughout the country.  

Given that it’s Lab Week, and Women’s History Month just passed, below I have included a list of notable women who have left their mark in the field of medical laboratory.

Alessandra Gilliani is known to be one of the first women and prosectors to employ the use of colorful injections in order to trace blood vessels. Born in medieval Europe, Alessandra was very skilled in recognizing and dissecting all parts of the body. The art of identifying parts of the circulatory system by injecting colorful liquids in the veins is mostly accredited to her experiments and skill set.

Further down in history we have Dr. Marjorie Zucker, an established American Red Cross Researcher who is famous for her discovery of the ingestion of aspirin and its negative effect on the palet secretion. Dr. Zucker graduated from the University of Witwatersrand, and has been working in the field of Pathology for almost 50 years.

Dr. Inga Nilssion surfaced in the 1950s and has been working with people who suffer from von Willebrand disease. Dr. Nilssion is best known for her research in treating hemophilia. Her outstanding model of prophylactic treatment has become the pillar of building medical treatments worldwide. 

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is supported and sponsored by:

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • AACC
  • AABB
  • American Medical Technologists
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society of Cytopathology
  • Association of Public Health Laboratories
  • CLMA
  • College of American Pathologists
  • National Society for Histotechnology