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.
Contrast media can pose serious health risks to patients with chronic or acute renal insufficiency—including potentially fatal nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) or contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN).4 Creatinine measurement of renal function is recommended prior to administration of contrast media—especially for patients with risk factors such as diabetes, kidney impairment, and advanced age.5 Waiting for lab creatinine tests could take hours, disrupting the efficiency of the department or clinic.
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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