Oxygen Saturations (POCT)
|POCT Equipment||IL OPL GEM|
|Clinical Indications||Production of rapid oxygen saturation results may be used for the assessment of oxygenation.|
|Sample Type||Arterial or venous whole blood.|
|Sample Container||Heparinised blood gas syringe.|
|Sample Volume||2 mL|
|Sample Handling||Roll the tightly sealed syringe between the palms of the hand to keep the red blood cells and plasma well mixed.|
The sample must be analysed immediately.
|Special Precautions||When drawing blood samples with a syringe from a saline filled catheter, withdraw the saline first and make sure that only whole blood is sampled.|
|Turnaround Time||A result is produced within 5 seconds|
|Limitations||This instrument will only give accurate readings if the cuvettes are at room temperature.|
Poorly mixed samples or those containing clots may cause inaccurate 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 Oxygen Saturation using the IL GEM OPL (Only accessible within Trust network)|