Critical Care

Deliver Test Results Quickly When Time is of the Essence

Real-time lab results for critical care

Today, critical care departments such as the Intensive Care (ICU), Neonatal ICU (NICU), Cardiovascular ICU (CICU) and Coronary Care Unit are being shaped by the need to meet established goal-directed therapy, vent weaning and patient safety protocols. Additional issues associated with critical care include blood loss, the need to reduce patient length of stay (LOS), and costs from delays and prolonged treatments.

The i-STAT System provides clinicians with greater control over patient management by providing lab-quality results in minutes. Using just two or three drops of blood, the  i-STAT System analyzes the patient sample with minimal steps—reducing the traditional pre-analytical steps to just one.



with-patient testing in critical care


Surgical Services and specialty departments are often under pressure to obtain quick test results in order to respond immediately to unstable patient conditions. The i-STAT System may be a solution to streamlining the blood analysis process, potentially reducing equipment maintenance, and minimizing changes in surgery schedules.



Catheterization labs are a growing area in hospitals. Cardiac patients undergoing procedures require constant monitoring of vital signs, blood oxygenation, and heparin levels. With the i-STAT System, tests can be performed at the patient’s bedside leading to greater efficiency in the cath lab.



Premature babies are a very special and fragile patient population that depend on a variety of key diagnostic tests. Some tests may require up to 14 teaspoons of blood per week; however, premature babies have only 20 to 35 teaspoons of blood in total. With the i-STAT System, the same round of testing can be performed with as little as 2 to 3 drops of blood and results can be received in minutes—all without leaving the infant’s bedside.




Because the i-STAT System enables rapid testing of blood gases, respiratory therapists can gain a greater degree of control over a patient’s respiratory condition.



Every Drop Matters1

The i-STAT System just requires two to three drops of blood to deliver lab-quality results. This is vital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where babies can lose up to 15% of their total circulating blood volume during a two-week stay in the NICU—blood that will not be quickly replaced by immature neonatal bone marrow.2 

Using the i-STAT System can significantly reduce blood requirements by: 

  • Eliminating re-sticks due to delays with multi-use analyzers
  • Minimising the risk of sample clotting before or during testing
  • Consolidating analytes on one cartridge 


Additionally, quality checks of sample integrity, sensors, and fluidics are automatic with each i-STAT single-use test cartridge, providing confidence and advanced performance. 

Blood Conservation in NICU  


THE i‑STAT System helps improve efficiency

By reducing the number of complex steps in the blood-testing process, bedside testing with the i-STAT System:

  • Reduces the potential for errors
  • Accelerates availability of critical test information to help expedite diagnosis and disposition patients3
  • Helps improve department efficiency
  • Helps improve financial outcomes by increasing efficiencies in critical care units and throughout the continuum of care 4, 5
  • Reduces pressure on lab technicians, freeing them to focus on other important tasks

THE i-STAT helps meet established protocols

The i-STAT® System is designed to improve process at the point of care, help meet established department protocols and improve compliance and oversight with these customizable features:



Simplify clinical data collection. With STATNotes, documentation and testing can be completed simultaneously, streamlining workflow while reducing paperwork and clerical errors.

Learn more about STATNotes

i-STAT advanced quality features (AQF)

Drive operational excellence and help ensure quality control, compliance, and oversight.

Learn more about AQF

1. Focus on Integris Baptist Medical Center, Oklahoma City. Featured Case Study. The Pulse. Winter 2013;2(2). Accessed October 2015. 
2. Stockowski LA et al. Anemia and erythrocyte transfusions in neonates. Available from Accessed October 2015.
3. Ryan RJ, Lindsell CJ, Hollander JE, et al. A multicenter randomized controlled trial comparing central laboratory and point-of-care cardiac marker testing strategies: The Disposition Impacted by Serial Point of Care Markers in Acute Coronary Syndromes (DISPO-ACS) Trial. Ann Emerg Med. 2008 Aug 6. (Epub ahead of print).
4. Bailey TM, Topham TM, Wantz S, et al. Laboratory process improvement through point-of-care testing. Jt Comm J Qual Improv. 1997;23:362-380.
5. Price CP. Point of care testing. BMJ. 2001;322:1285-1288.

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