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Comparison of iSTAT and EPOC Blood Analyzers

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Technical Report,01 Mar 2015,30 Jun 2017

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University of Cincinnati Cincinnati United States

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Point-of-care POC testing is an essential component of far forward and en route care. Prolonged field care requires accurate blood analysis across a range of environmental conditions and, in extreme circumstances, use beyond the expiration date. We compared gold standard laboratory testing to two POC devices--iSTAT and EPOC--with and without expired cartridges and conditioned cartridges. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Boards of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory. Informed consent was obtained from subjects or their surrogate. At the time of standard-of-care SOC blood draws, additional blood was simultaneously analyzed using the POC devices. The EPOC and iSTAT devices were tested with current and expired cartridges greater than 30 days past expiration date as well as conditioned cartridges 24 hours at extremes of temperature for 2 hours, negative 20 degrees F or 130 degrees F.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Anatomy and Physiology

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