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Tips for buying Hematology Analyzer
- When purchasing an analytic clinical instrument such as a blood analyzer, facilities must first consider the available models that can meet different volume and testing needs within that facility. Considerations include the size of the facility, immediate and future throughput and test capability needs, budget constraints, and staffing.
- Main laboratories use hematology analyzers that can also provide stat testing. Blood analyzers are most frequently used for determining diagnosis, follow-up care, and the effectiveness of treatment.
- Smaller hematology analyzer systems that are less automated, have a lower throughput, and offer smaller test menus, are used in midsize or small laboratories or those with specialized testing requirements.
- Having a small blood analyzer for specialty and/or stat tests may be an advantage for laboratories with high volumes of routine testing.
- Larger high volume hematology analyzer systems are marketed to large or medium sized facilities that require high throughput, and therefore may want white blood cell count differentials, along with the basic measurements offered by smaller blood analyzer units.
- The compliance with regulations for waste disposal should also be a factor for facilities to evaluate before the hematology analyzer purchase.
- Medium and large sized laboratories constantly use hematology analyzers. These units should therefore be durable and reliable enough to handle a large sample workload without frequent breakdowns or maintenance shutdowns.
- When the hematology analyzer needs repairs or adjustments, fast and efficient service by the manufacturer is critical because the blood samples deteriorate quickly.
- It is recommended to get an unedited list of users from the blood analyzer manufacturer to help evaluate the reliability and the service record of the company.
- A critical factor for any type of hematology analyzer instrument that analyzes potentially infectious body fluids is automation that eliminates or minimizes contact between the user and the patient specimen, such as auto sampling or closed tube sampling.
- Most clinical laboratory tests belong to the moderate complexity category, including automated urine, blood, and chemistry analyses. These tests require a limited amount of sample and reagent preparation, as well as limited operator intervention during the hematology analytical process.
- The more specific blood analysis testing is covered by the high complexity classification. These tests require extensive training. This classification also encompasses procedures requiring a high degree of operator preparation, calibration, intervention, and analysis, such as clinical cytogenics and histopathology applications.
- Another important factor to consider when purchasing a hematology analyzer is the system's computer interface capabilities.
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