|POCT Equipment||HemoCue 201+|
|Clinical Indications||Production of rapid haemoglobin results may be used to evaluate anaemia and polycythemia.|
Capillary whole blood (e.g. finger-prick).
|Sample Type||Venous or arterial samples taken into EDTA, heparin or fluoride tubes.|
|Sample Container||None required for finger-prick samples.|
|Sample Volume||10 uL|
|Sample Handling||Samples must be analysed immediately.|
|Special Precautions||Bubbles in the measuring cuvette must be avoided.|
|Turnaround Time||A result is produced within 15 – 60 seconds|
|Reference Range||Adult male 13.0 – 18.0 g/dL|
Adult female 11.5 – 15.0 g/dL
|Limitations||Blood with a high lipid content (e.g. patients on Total Parenteral Nutrition) will give falsely high readings, and must be sent to the laboratory for testing.|
Blood with a very high white cell count (>60 x 10.9/L) may give falsely high readings, and must be sent to the laboratory for testing.
Clinical diagnosis must not be made on the basis of a haemoglobin result obtained from the HemoCue 201+. All such interpretation must only be made on the basis of laboratory results.
Finger-prick samples can only be used once.
|Time Limit for Additional Tests||If the test result is questionable or if clinical signs and symptoms appear inconsistent with the test result, re-test with a fresh sample or confirm the result by sending a sample to the laboratory.|
|Training||The test should only be carried out by a trained member of staff.|
|Hospital Procedure (SOP)||Standard Operating Procedure for the Measurement of Haemoglobin using the HemoCue Hb 201+ Instrument (Only accessible within Trust network)|