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Mobile Blood Gas Analyzer for Hospital POC Launched

By Labmedica International staff writers
Posted on 19 Jul 2012
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AACC 2012: A mobile blood gas analyzer, together with a diverse portfolio of new diagnostics testing solutions is launched.

Roche Diagnostics (Basel, Switzerland) is showcasing its new technology at the annual American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) meeting Expo in Los Angeles (CA, USA), which is taking place July 15-19, 2012.

The cobas b 123 POC system is a mobile blood gas analyzer that offers next-generation technology that helps ensure reliable performance by virtually eliminating the introduction of blood clots that can contribute to analyzer downtime and negatively impact patient care. The cobas b 123 POC system is designed for hospital point-of-care settings.

The analyzer features a four-level clot protection system that helps prevent clots that can lead to reagent pack failures—a major issue for healthcare facilities because replacing the pack takes time away from patient care and wastes usable reagent. The cobas b 123 POC system also offers automatic linearity testing and calibration to simplify both workflow and regulatory compliance.

The cobas p 312 preanalytical system offers sample management on a small footprint. This front-end automation solution offers comprehensive, vendor-neutral sample management for labs with limited floor space. The compact, standalone system performs sample registration, sorting, decapping, and archiving of all sample tubes—including chemistry, immunoassay, hematology, coagulation, and urinalysis—for the entire laboratory, including non-Roche equipment.

It has a throughput of up to 450 tubes per hour, the system is ideal for customers who are looking for an entry-level step into automation for preanalytical workflow.

The cobas CT/NG Test screens for Chlamydia and gonorrhea infection. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based multiplex dual probe assay, this molecular test is used to screen and diagnose Chlamydia and gonorrhea infection in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. It runs on the automated cobas 4800 system and offers excellent sensitivity and high specificity. The test uses male urine and self-collected vaginal swabs, which are the preferred specimen types according to the CDC. They show high sensitivity yet are less invasive and less painful to collect than urethral or endocervical samples and thus may help promote screening compliance.

Roche is a biotech company with differentiated medicines in oncology, virology, inflammation, metabolism, and CNS. The company is also a leader in in-vitro diagnostics, tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a pioneer in diabetes management.

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