GROWING RANGE OF POCT ANALYZER SYSTEMS
Millions of blood samples are analyzed every day. The information provided by a blood analysis is crucial when diagnosing and treating numerous diseases, such as anemias, inflammations, infections, and cancer. A clear trend towards POCT can be seen in hematology, the branch of medicine that deals with changes in the blood. Large numbers of complete blood counts (CBCs) are already performed directly in doctors practices. Consistent with this, the range of near-patient hematology analyzer available has grown in recent years. Small sample – complete results With its Diatron Aquila, Diatron has designed a point-of-care system that makes CBCs available wherever they happen to be needed. The analysis needs only a small volume of blood. This can be obtained from a fingerstick, a clear benefit when treating pregnant women, children, or elderly patients.THE DIATRON AQUILA - THE POINT-OF-CARE SYSTEM FOR LOCAL IN-VITRO DIAGNOSTICS
The Diatron Aquila is a point-of-care hematology system that is particularly flexible and user-friendly. The Aquila can perform up to 60 tests an hour and can be used in a wide variety of contexts, such as doctors practices, satellite laboratories, and hospitals.
Large user-friendly touchscreen specially designed to be used by inexperienced users as well.
The integrated reagents pack enables up to 200 measurements to be performed.
Precise results in less than a minute. 20 μl of blood from a test tube is what Diatron Aquila aspirate from the sample tube to analyze the sample.
LENA FEELS POORLY.FROM THE FIRST SYMPTOMS THROUGH TO TREATMENTGoing to the doctor
Lena has a temperature, complains of a sore throat, and feels generally weak. A visit to her family doctor will show whether her infection is viral or bacterial. This way, it can be decided whether she needs to take antibiotics. Alongside a physical examination, Lenas blood is also checked using the Aquila. All this takes is a prick in her finger to obtain the blood sample. Taking the blood sample
There are two ways of taking blood. The standard way is to take blood from the patients veins by inserting a needle into a vein in the crook of the arm or the lower arm. The other possibility involves capillary blood collection. Here, a small amount of blood is collected by pricking the fingertip, for example. The Aquila only needs a sample of around 100 μl and this can be obtained with capillary blood collection. For the actual analysis, the appliance uses a mere 20 μl of blood. A capillary blood sample is easier to obtain than blood from the veins. It is also less invasive and requires a lower amount of blood.The sample is prepared
While Lena is still sitting in the consulting room, the blood sample is prepared so that it can be analyzed straight away using the Diatron Aquila. Sample mixing – The sample is mixed by being rotated several times and then analyzed at room temperature. Loading – Once the reagent package has been added, the instrument is then switched on. The test tube is inserted into the sample door. The Diatron Aquila can work with both open and closed test tubes.The analysis begins
Once the appliance has been loaded, Lenas blood can be checked directly at the doctors practice. The sample is mixed with the reagent liquid and the numbers of white and red blood cells and blood platelets are determined.Sample analysis
Once the analysis process has been started, the sample is automatically carried into the analyzer and the door is closed. The sampling needle aspirates the sample volume from the vial. Next, the sample is moved to the mixing chamber, where it is mixed with the reagent liquid. Then the analysis can begin.The results are there
In less than sixty seconds, the display on the Diatron Aquila already shows all key values for Lenas blood. The possible diagnosis reveals a bacterial infection. The results – After the analysis process, the sample door is automatically opened and the test tubes can be removed. The results are shown on the display. After the analysis, the display shows a large amount of information:
• Individual parameters with normal range figures
• Histograms of leukocytes, erythrocytes, and blood platelets
• Warnings and interpretative symbols for the current measurement
• Sample identification and information
The results can be printed in the report. There is also the option of repeating the analysis if the results need to be verified.Treatment can begin
Based on the Aquila results and in combination with other tests, the doctor can precisely diagnose Lenas sickness. This way, antibiotics can be put to immediate targeted use. If Lena had been suffering from a viral infection, however, the immediate availability of the results would have avoided an unnecessary round of antibiotics.