Critical Care

Deliver Test Results Quickly When Time is of the Essence
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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.

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SURGICAL SERVICES

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.

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CARDIOLOGY/CATH LAB

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.

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NEONATAL ICU

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.

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RESPIRATORY THERAPY

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.

 
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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 patients1
  • Helps improve department efficiency
  • Helps improve financial outcomes by increasing efficiencies in critical care units and throughout the continuum of care 2, 3
  • 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:

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STATNotes

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
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i-STAT advanced quality features (AQF)

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

Learn more about AQF
REFERENCES

1. 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).
2. 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.
3. Price CP. Point of care testing. BMJ. 2001;322:1285-1288.

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