Clinical chemistry analyzers have the ability to vastly reduce the amount of time that any lab tests take and reduce the amount of labor that needs to be used to perform these tests. As a result, most medical practices at least consider purchasing a clinical chemistry analyzer. Before any purchases are finalized, every lab and medical practice should take these three factors into consideration. Taking these into consideration will make it easy to ensure that the lab finds the perfect clinical chemistry analyzer.
1. Which Tests Does it Offer?
Not all clinical chemistry analyzers are built equal. Some will offer a full battery of tests, while others will only be able to complete a few tests, but will do so extremely quickly. When you are shopping for an analyzer, check the tests that they offer and compare them to the needs of your lab. If your lab regularly completes the same small pool of tests, with very few variations, you can easily get away with purchasing an analyzer that is only able to run a few tests (as long as you make sure that it has the tests that you need). Otherwise, you will want to purchase an analyzer that offers more options in order to make sure that you lab is as efficient as possible.
2. What Kind of Reagents Does it Use?
The reagent that the clinical chemistry analyzer uses is critical in determining its overall cost-efficiency. Because the reagent is a consumable material, you will need to make sure that you have it in stock at all times. You will likely find yourself constantly ordering it. It might be worth purchasing a more expensive analyzer if it needs a cheaper reagent because, over a longer period of time, this analyzer will be more cost-efficient.
3. Does it Handle Bar-codes?
The busiest labs will have a hard time making sure that everything stays organized and that the correct tests are performed on the correct samples. One way to cut down on the confusion is to purchase a clinical chemistry analyzer that is able to handle bar-codes. This means that you can attach a unique bar-code to every lab sample. The technician can either scan the bar-code to ensure that the correct test is done, or the analyzer will do it automatically. Having bar-codes provides an additional level of organization. If you are processing tons of samples every hour, then you might need this. If your lab only processes a few samples per hour, then this is probably unnecessary.
For more information, talk to a company that provides clinical chemistry analyzers.
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