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Lactate Analyzer with POC Hematocrit Compensation Launched

By LabMedica International staff writers
Posted on 10 Dec 2013
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Image: The Lactate Scout+ from EKF Diagnostics (Photo courtesy of EKF).
Image: The Lactate Scout+ from EKF Diagnostics (Photo courtesy of EKF).
A lactate analyzer, originally developed for coaches and sportsmen, has additional features that make it suitable for further medical applications.

Launched by EKF Diagnostics (Cardiff, United Kingdom), the upgraded Lactate Scout+ includes built-in hematocrit compensation. This makes it suitable for a range of medical applications including cord blood lactate (CBL) analysis that can give a picture of acid-base balance at birth and is particularly recommended after high risk deliveries, fetal scalp lactate (FSL), that can be used to confirm abnormal cardiotocography values and helps to determine the need for immediate intervention in complicated births where there may be risk of insufficient fetal oxygen supply.

The in-built compensation for hematocrit (Hct) within Lactate Scout+ ensures accurate lactate measurements even at high (>50%) or low (<35%) Hct levels. The new analyzer’s Hct range is 20%–70%, which means patients with either very low Hct levels (e.g., after blood loss) or very high levels (e.g., professional athletes and neonates) can be accurately assessed. This makes Lactate Scout+ ideal for a range of medical applications. These include cardio training, weight reduction, and fitness applications which are already well established, as well as new applications in obstetrics.

EKF CEO, Julian Baines commented, “The launch of the new version of Lactate Scout+ reaffirms EKF Diagnostics’ long term expertise in lactate measurement.”

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