Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics has launched the Rapidpoint 500 blood gas system, a cartridge-based point-of-care (POC) analyser for critical care testing.
Rapidpoint 500 is designed to ensure reliable results, reduce downtime and to enhance ease of use at the point of care.
It produces results in approximately 60 seconds and offers a range of critical-care tests for pH and blood gases, electrolytes, glucose and lactate1 and full CO-oximetry, including neonatal total bilirubin and total haemoglobin, all from a single, whole-blood sample.
The measurement cartridges last up to 28 days and contain a full complement of tests, intended to reduce downtime.
Equipped with fully automated calibration and quality control (QC), the Rapidpoint 500 system is also designed to help POC professionals satisfy organisational and regulatory compliance requirements.
In addition, the self-contained Automatic Quality Control (AQC) cartridge operates without manual intervention, helping reduce POC staff's administrative tasks.
An integrated barcode reader located on the front of the system offers a wide scanning area to accommodate patient and operator identification to ensure overall data entry integrity.
The Rapidpoint 500 analyser can be integrated with the Siemens Rapidcomm Data Management System, offering centralised management of multiple Siemens blood gas, urine and diabetes analysers and operators.