Rising need for combined analyzers are swiftly gaining popularity among users as they require less maintenance and can facilitate test results for both blood and electrolyte samples.
The latest advancements in blood gas analysis technology are focused on fast, reliable solutions that improve diagnosis times for patients and clinicians. Today's blood gas analyzers are advanced analytical systems that can simultaneously perform hemoglobin quantitation and cooximetry, as well as measure electrolytes (sodium, potassium chloride, ionized calcium, and magnesium), glucose, lactate, and creatinine. They allow a complete analytical procedure to be performed with small specimen volumes.
Continued technology enhancements and innovations in blood gas instrumentation have reduced test times to less than a minute and decreased the amount of blood needed from milliliters to microliters. Information technologies have advanced the field of blood gas and electrolyte analysis.
Advanced analyzers have computer interfaces and internal algorithms to calculate pertinent parameters and expanding the test menu and sample types that can be analyzed. Companies are offering blood gas and electrolyte analyzers comprising versatile instruments that feature a comprehensive testing menu and provide results in minutes.
Multi-parameter monitoring. The emergence of multi-parameter monitoring equipment owing to expanding test menus and increasing demand for miniaturized devices are expected to gain traction. Test menus can be customized to include any combination of analytes and calculated parameters depending on the capability of the equipment.
Portable analyzers are witnessing wider adoption over benchtop analyzers owing to advantages including ease-of-use and portability, automation of tasks, reduced manual errors, low maintenance, and self-monitoring ability are some notable factors attributing to the segment's large market share.
Rising need for combined analyzers, which can analyze blood and electrolyte samples together are swiftly gaining popularity among users as they require less maintenance and can facilitate test results for both blood and electrolyte count in a given sample of whole blood, urine, serum, plasma, or dialysate.
Point-of-care analyzers. Continued technological improvement taking place in the portable or handheld devices attracts end-users to switch toward point-of-care analyzers is a key driving factor for this segment.
It has gained special importance in emergency transport systems, cardiothoracic surgical departments, and critical care departments as indicated by a large volume of systems developed for these areas. These devices involve automated sample handling, help reduce associated errors, render user variability and are therefore expected to score high on the consumer preference matrix.
The availability of blood gas analyzers has helped enhance the care of critically ill patients allowing for frequent diagnosis and monitoring of respiratory problems and the ability to guide prognosis and therapy. Rising demand for technically advanced sleek handheld devices involving short turnaround time has resulted in the development of more compact, sleek, handheld point-of-care devices.
Risk mitigation offered by the automated system checks in the analyzers has helped detect errors sooner to possibly prevent the reporting of erroneous results and improve efficiency. Automatic quality control has ensured regulatory compliance when the analyzer is used outside the respiratory department or lab. The random use of blood gas analyzers to measure blood gases, electrolytes, and metabolites increases the variability in test results.
Quality assessment functions. With patient safety being a top concern today, automated solutions which enable positive patient identification through bar-coded syringes and analyzers that are operable at the bedside have been introduced. Fully automated calibration and quality control systems help ensure accuracy and support compliance without operator interaction.
Built-in quality assessment functions provide test site directors with full documentation to meet regulatory requirements in a transparent manner, automatically executing performance assessments at a frequency that exceeds minimum regulatory mandates. All quality data and assessments of critical analytical components are evaluated, recorded, and documented.
Making the analytical processes as standardized and finely calibrated as possible would increase the accuracy of testing. Maintaining sample integrity, operator safety, data accuracy, and workflow efficiency are essential features of a modern blood gas analysis system. Standardization in techniques is critical as variations in areas such as specimen preparation, turnaround time, handling, and analysis can affect test results.
The blood gas and electrolytes analyzers are going through transition with the introduction of analyzers that offer widely varied throughput, responding to differing test volumes handled by laboratories in different settings. These analyzers are set to replace many handheld or single-cartridge systems without changing the clinician's workflow.
Modern analyzers can automatically identify, mix, and aspirate arterial blood gas samples, reducing user variability and the possibility of errors. Microsensors have replaced macroelectrodes, resulting in smaller pathways. This has further increased the need for appropriate sample mixing immediately after aspiration to prevent microclots.
Vendors have designed samplers that facilitate mitigate sampling and mixing issues. Aspirators and syringes have been developed to optimize sample quality and results to help minimize pre-analytical errors. Auto-aspiration feature makes sure the test cartridge is filled properly and also includes bubbles and clot detection. Features to check for cartridge packaging integrity and proper storage have also been developed.