So, your laboratory equipment update funds have finally come through! Now comes the hard part. Before reaching out to those trade people for specs, you need to do an active state of the art assessment to see how technology has changed since you last had to do this.
Maybe your equipment is just a few years old, but your old lab workhorses may have been around since before they built your facility—we all have technology like that, old but functional, still useful as backups. Now’s the time to look at today’s innovations.
As we begin our search for possible updates, several key concerns will guide our search. First is adequacy and processing time necessary with the given lab equipment unit. Then things like dependability, security, longevity, potential costs per unit of operation, costs of maintenance and calibration, size and portability, and lastly needs for technician education and continuing education on the equipment if software or flash memory updates are going to be routine for your device.
Analysis of urine is so routine in a medical evaluation that technology used for evaluation is often taken for granted. However, we are looking at innovation, a new product for laboratory upgrade. Have you considered looking at the Siemens CLINITEK Advantus Urine Analyzer? Urine analysis can be accomplished by a variety of machines, but sometimes a couple analyzers may be required in a given lab. Wouldn’t it be nice to do everything on a single efficient machine if you have been using more than one up to this point?
The Siemens device allows an assessment in “one pass” for Leukocyte, Nitrite, Protein, Blood, Glucose, Ketone, Bilirubin, Urobilinogen, pH, Specific Gravity, Creatinine, and Protein-to-Creatinine Ratio, all calibration being automatic, with the technician controlling input speed and operational speed according to personal preference. There’s even a “stat” hold option where analysis is instantly in a standby mode. That is, the machine does not get ahead of the operator!
Laboratory recordkeeping can be a chore. Computers have made it possible to keep most records in a digital format. Look at what automation has accomplished in this urine analysis device. Just input the Sample ID Entry manually, by bar code, or download from LIS. The onboard computer will keep complete records of up to 500 clients before you have to dump data to archive. There are over 200 controls that can be customized in the recordkeeping process. The format? Here’s where life gets smooth.
The computer will do ASTM (CCS) and will emulate CLINITEK 200 and CLINITEK 200+ for easy comparison to existing data records. We all like keyboards, but the touchscreen is making fast inroads in scientific equipment, so this analyzer has both!
How about the ability for this gadget to work with other lab devices? Computer and Peripheral Interfaces can talk via Ethernet Connection, and talk is bidirectional. Of course, there are printing options including the old standby, the 24-character thermal printer. The complete system meets ASTM E1466-92.
Laboratory equipment often has a particular physical home place, but there are times when things must be moved. Certainly cleaning, disinfecting, and the like may require a piece of equipment to be transported elsewhere. Carts were a great invention, but sometimes people must carry the equipment. Here’s where the Siemens CLINITEK Advantus Urine Analyzer shines. It only weighs 16 pounds and is easily manageable with dimensions of only 12.75 (h) x 15.75 (w) x 13.75 (d) inches.
Whether you are an experienced person, an administrative type, or even a doc or an engineer, this urine analysis system has much to offer your lab.