The ability to measure blood coagulation is essential in the treatment and diagnosis of many different conditions. It is also a critical part of testing for new pharmaceutical drug development as well as in research for human and zoological types of studies.
The Design Features to Consider
A coagulation analyzer can be a relatively simple, handheld device for basic measurement or it can be a highly precise, stand-alone piece of equipment in a lab or moved to patient treatment rooms in hospitals and healthcare facilities. In laboratory settings, the analyzer allows for a wide range of tests, functions, and features and typically offers the ability to connect to data management systems within the lab.
It is possible to purchase a new or used coagulation analyzer, with the used option offering a significantly lower price than the new model. With this highly sophisticated equipment, used models by Siemens, Sysmex, Abbot and Beckerman offer both basic and advanced testing capacity in an easy to use application.
What to Consider
Size will be a factor with a used coagulation analyzer, as will portability. With many of the newer models, even the smaller designs provide highly reliable testing results with short test times of just minutes. Additionally, they also use small amounts of blood, which is an advantage in working with patients.
The larger benchtop models have greater levels of automation and damage management. Some of these models have high capacity throughput while other used coagulation analyzer models are better designed for low volume labs, medical facilities, and other uses.
Most newer models will have barcode readers as a built-in function on the system. This allows for greater accuracy in maintaining records and automatically transferring data to electronic patient records. It also cuts down on duplication of data entry for technicians and medical staff.