Product Focus

April 1, 2003
Data management systems
for POC glucose testing
By Carren BerschNational Diabetes Statistics reveal that 17 million people, or 6.2 percent of the population of the United States, have diabetes. Of these, 11.1 million have been diagnosed; 5.9 million have not. Diabetes was the sixth leading cause of death listed on U.S. death certificates in 1999. The range of glucose testing supplies is enormous, and here is a very small sampling of the latest data management systems for POC glucose testing.Combine testing and data networking
MediSense products provide a variety of blood glucose monitors for use in hospital settings and others where glucose testing is combined with the power of data networking. This line of products addresses the point-of-care (POC) arena with the PCx glucose monitor and the i-STAT 1 monitor, which tests for blood gases, electrolytes, chemistries, hemoglobin, hematocrit and coagulation. Monitors, supported by the connectivity of the Precision NET data management system, convey all monitoring information, QC results and billing to the institutions LIS/HIS. After completing bedside testing, nurses simply place the Precision PCx meter into the optional docking station. Results are uploaded automatically to the QC Manager POC data management system and then to the LIS/HIS. Windows-based QC Manager software provides laboratory staff with a tool for managing data and assessing compliance with lab standard-operating procedures. All data can be correlated with equipment, operators and patients. Patient results, operator information and QA reports help assure regulatory compliance. Precision PCx meter Abbott Laboratorieswww.rsleads.com/304ml-168Strip technology reduces contamination
The SureStepPro professional blood glucose management system for hospitals and IDNs enables capture, management and integration of clinical, regulatory and utilization of POC patient blood glucose data management transfer between the POC and the LIS. The system includes a bedside unit, test strips, glucose control solutions, glucose linearity kit and carrying case. With SureStepPro strip technology, accurate and precise test results are ensured. The highly absorbent test strip reduces blood exposure, and the unique test strip holder reduces contamination. All testing, QC, reporting and archiving can be managed by a system administrator through one SureStep workstation with easy-to-read alphanumeric touch screen, full-text prompts and intuitive menus. The system eliminates potential sample-type selection error by operator when testing venous, arterial, capillary or neonatal samples, and promotes correct usage with QC operator and patient-test lockouts. Users can customize multiple bedside units using bidirectional data transfer, and streamline compliance with CPA and JCAHO using the Windows NT-based software. Corrective action can be instituted based on status screen alerts.SureStepPro LifeScan Inc.www.rsleads.com/304ml-169Enhanced testing system
The B-Glucose data management model provides the analytical performance of a large reference lab instrument with the simplicity of a home-use product. The design consists of a dual-wavelength photometer and a glucose dehydrogenase reaction. This combination eliminates the effects of known interferences, and has no hematocrit limitations. Any sample source (capillary, venous, arterial, even neonatal) can be used. The operation is virtually technique-independent. By placing the cuvette to the blood sample, it quickly and automatically aspirates the correct amount and mixes that sample with the enclosed reagents. Once the cuvette is placed into its holder, results appear on the LCD screen. The system allows for customizing programmable parameters, storage of patient and QC values, as well as QC lockout capabilities. The data management analyzers can then transfer data to a PC, network or LIS via an RS-232 port. To help POCT managers control near-patient testing, the glucose data management testing system has been enhanced with analyzer and software upgrades. The analyzer and software are now more user-friendly with improved tracking capabilities and increased operator lockout functions. Expanded analyzer functions include bar coding, linearity, proficiency testing and more control levels.Glucose 201 AnalyzerHemoCuewww.rsleads.com/304ml-170Carren Bersch is managing editor of MLO.
Daniel M. Baer, MD, assisted in preparing this article.
                                                                             
April 2003: Vol. 35, No. 4
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