The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2009 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

ANALYSIS OF BLOOD GAS AND ELECTROLYTE COMPARISONS BETWEEN HAND-HELD AND BENCHTOP ANALYZERS IN A PEDIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT

Ronald E. Dechert, Kenneth Bandy, Mark Konkle, Mary Britt, David Fickle; Mott Respiratory Care, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI

Background: Point-of-service (POS) labs have become a mainstay for many intensivre care units around the country. Respiratory Therapist frequently play an important role in support of these POS activities. Pointof- care (POC) test, using new hand-held technology (EPOC), allow RTs and other healthcare providers to move stat labs to the bedside. The purpose of this study was to document the agreement between POS and POC labs in a neonatal and pediatric environment. Method: Ordered STAT labs were analyzed on both POS and POC analyzers. Comparative analysis was performed to demonstrate agreement between anlyzer systems. Fifty-seven comparative studies were performed over a three day period. Results: We found no significant difference between the POS and POC analyzer performance in any (blood gases, electrolytes) analyte comparison. Observed difference were predominately associated with test sequence analysis. Conclusions: The use of the new EPOC POC analyzer provides reliable analysis of STAT labs and allows for analysis to be conducted at or closer to the patients bedside. Sponsored Research - None

Comparative results for POS and POC analysis

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