EKF Diagnostics’ Hemo Control is a point-of-care hemoglobin analyzer designed to provide quantitative, lab quality hemoglobin results from 25 seconds.
Hemo Control uses the most established photometric azide methemoglobin method ensuring reliable results with a high precision (CV <2%).
Hemo Control is used in blood banks, hospitals and doctors’ offices for routine screening for anemia. And, due to its backlit screen, a soft-load cuvette holder and integrated rechargeable battery, it is the perfect analyzer for stationary use and mobile settings.
In addition to providing hemoglobin measurement Hemo Control also calculates hematocrit.
The Hemo Control analyzer features a bi-directional interface using a public standard protocol that allows direct integration with third party software.
Advanced data management functions are available with the Hemo Control Manager version of the device and the basic Hemo Control device can be upgraded with data management functions at a later point of time (a unique market feature).
The ‘Add Pack’ Data management is an ideal future option for customers who plan for an implementation into a hospital or lab information system but are not yet in a position to do so for technological or budgetary reasons.
EKF's Hemo Connect and Hemo Connect Light software remain available for customers who wish to use data management and data export functions, independent from LIS integration.
Hemo Control's measuring method is azide methemoglobin. The reference method that Hemo Control is calibrated against is the cyanmethemoglobin reference method, known as NCCLS (now CLSI) reference method. This methodology yields results comparable with ICSH standards. A maximum tolerance of 0.3 g/dL (3 g/L or 0.2 mmol/L) at 15.0 g/dL (150 g/L or 9.3 mmol/L) is accepted.
Hemo Control (REF 3040-0010-0218) can be upgraded to use its on-board data management (DM) functions if, for example, a setting wishes to implement a LIS solution. The bi-directional interface simplifies the connection to LIS solutions using a public standard protocol (LIS2-A2). Connection to a LIS is subject to an adaptation of the local installation or middleware to use Hemo Control's interface. EKF Diagnostics provides support to connect to specific LIS solutions.
A USB connector cable or a serial Sub-D-9 cable can be used to establish the PC connection. Alternative connection solutions can be realized using serial-to-LAN or BT-to-LAN bridges.
Hemo Connect software allows the configuration of DM enabled Hemo Control analyzers to export data in a standard file format. Meanwhile, Hemo Connect light (a freeware version) supports data export only.
Note: The Hemo Control Manager device already supports data management function at delivery. Additionally, the device features a Bluetooth interface for data communication.
Data management functions include: Barcode identification of patients, access control and identification of operators, recognition of cuvette LOT and control materials, definition of Quality Control scheme and QC lockout function, addition of comments to test results, flagging of rejected values and range violations.
Barcodes are read by the analyzer using an ergonomic hand-held scanner.
Unlike other brands, Hemo Control has three methods for quality control. Operators may choose the suitable control methods based on their local QC requirements.
EKF recommends that the optics of the analyzer are cleaned at least once each month. Depending on usage and sample through-put more frequent cleaning may be required.
Only the Hemo Control Cleaner should be used for cleaning the optics. To do this the cuvette holder must be removed from the instrument. The cuvette holder should also be cleaned with a cleaning solution or an aqueous disinfectant solution.
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