ABL80 FLEX BASIC version

Cost-efficient blood gas, electrolyte and lactate analysis

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  • Designed for smaller clinics and hospitals
  • Consumable replacement down to 6 times/year
  • Standby mode for reduced cost

Compact and reliable, the ABL80 FLEX analyser – BASIC version is a cost-effective choice for blood gas, electrolyte and lactate analysis.

It's standby mode reduces the costs for consumables while the analyser stays ready for the next patient sample. Replacement of consumables involves simple steps as few as 6 times a year, reducing time spent on maintenance.

With its small sample volume, portability, rapid start-up and easy sample handling, the ABL80 FLEX analyser – BASIC version is suited for smaller clinics and hospital departments.

Parameters measured

Blood gases: 
pH

Potential of hydrogen

The degree of acidity or alkalinity of any liquid (including blood) is a function of its hydrogen ion concentration [H+], and pH is simply a way of expressing hydrogen ion activity. The relationship between pH and hydrogen ion concentration is described thus:

pH = -log aH+
where aH+ is hydrogen ion activity.

Low pH is associated with acidosis and high pH with alkalosis [1,2].

Read more

  1. CLSI. Blood gas and pH analysis and related measurements; Approved Guidelines. CLSI document CA46-A2, 29, 8. Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, 940 West Valley Road, Suite 1400, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087-1898 USA, 2009
  2. Acute care testing handbook. Radiometer Medical ApS, 2700 Brønshøj, Denmark, 2014. As accessed on https://www.radiometer.com/en/knowledge-center/handbooks/acute-care-testing-handbook
, pCO2

Partial pressure of carbon dioxide

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an acidic gas; the amount of CO2 in blood is largely controlled by the rate and depth of breathing or ventilation. pCO2 is the partial pressure of CO2 in blood. It is a measure of the pressure exerted by that small portion (~5 %) of total CO2 that remains in the gaseous state, dissolved in the blood plasma. pCO2 is the respiratory component of acid-base balance and reflects the adequacy of pulmonary ventilation. The severity of ventilator failure as well as the chronicity can be judged by the accompanying changes in acid-base status [1,2].

Read more

  1. Higgins C. Parameters that reflect the carbon dioxide content of blood. www.acutecaretesting.org Oct 2008.
  2. Acute care testing handbook. Radiometer Medical ApS, 2700 Brønshøj, Denmark, 2014
, pO2

Partial pressure of oxygen

The amount of oxygen in blood is controlled by many variables, e.g. ventilation/perfusion. pO2 is the partial pressure of oxygen in a gas phase in equilibrium with the blood. pO2 only reflects a small fraction (1 – 2 %) of total oxygen in blood that is dissolved in blood plasma [1]. The remaining 98 – 99 % of oxygen present in blood is bound to the hemoglobin in the erythrocytes. pO2 primarily reflects the oxygen uptake in the lungs. [2]

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1. Wettstein R, Wilkins R. Interpretation of blood gases. In: Clinical assessment in respiratory care, 6th ed. St. Louis: Mosby, 2010.
2. Acute care testing handbook. Radiometer Medical ApS, 2700 Brønshøj, Denmark, 2014. As accessed on https://www.radiometer.com/en/knowledge-center/handbooks/acute-care-testing-handbook.

Hematocrit: 
Hct

Hematocrit

Hematocrit, the ratio between the volume of erythrocytes and the volume of whole blood. [1]

1. Acute care testing handbook. Radiometer Medical ApS, 2700 Brønshøj, Denmark, 2014. As accessed on https://www.radiometer.com/en/knowledge-center/handbooks/acute-care-testing-handbook.

Electrolytes: 
cCa2+

Calcium

The calcium ion (Ca2+) is one of the most prevalent cations in the body, where approximately 1 % is present in the extracellular fluid of blood. Ca2+ plays a vital role for bone mineralization and many cellular processes, e.g. contractility of the heart and the skeletal musculature, neuromuscular transmission, hormone secretion and action in various enzymatic reactions such as, e.g. blood coagulation. [1]

Read more

1. Acute care testing handbook. Radiometer Medical ApS, 2700 Brønshøj, Denmark, 2014. As accessed on https://www.radiometer.com/en/knowledge-center/handbooks/acute-care-testing-handbook.

, cCl-

Chloride

Chloride (Cl-) is the major anion in the extracellular fluid and one of the most important anions in blood. The main function of Cl- is to maintain osmotic pressure, fluid balance, muscular activity, ionic neutrality in plasma, and help elucidate the cause of acid-base disturbances. [1]

Read more

1. Acute care testing handbook. Radiometer Medical ApS, 2700 Brønshøj, Denmark, 2014. As accessed on https://www.radiometer.com/en/knowledge-center/handbooks/acute-care-testing-handbook.

, cK+

Potassium

Potassium (K+) is the major cation in the intracellular fluid, where it has a 25 - 37-fold higher concentration (∼150 mmol/L in tissue cells, ∼105 mmol/L in erythrocytes) than in the extracellular fluid (∼4 mmol/L) [1, 2]. K+ has several vital functions in the body, e.g. regulation of neuromuscular excitability, regulation of heart rhythm, regulation of intracellular and extracellular volume and acid-base status. [3]

Read more

1. Burtis CA, Ashwood ER, Bruns DE. Tietz textbook of clinical chemistry and molecular diagnostics. 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders Elsevier, 2012.
2. Engquist A. Fluids/Electrolytes/Nutrition. 1st ed. Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 1985.
3. Acute care testing handbook. Radiometer Medical ApS, 2700 Brønshøj, Denmark, 2014. As accessed on https://www.radiometer.com/en/knowledge-center/handbooks/acute-care-testing-handbook.

 

, cNa+

Sodium

Sodium (Na+) is the dominant cation in the extracellular fluid, where it has a 14-fold higher concentration (∼140 mmol/L) than in the intracellular fluid (∼10 mmol/L). Na+ is a major contributor of the osmolality of the extracellular fluid and its main function is largely in controlling and regulating water balance, and maintaining blood pressure. Na+ is also important for transmitting nerve impulses and activating muscle concretion. [1]

Read more

1. Acute care testing handbook. Radiometer Medical ApS, 2700 Brønshøj, Denmark, 2014. As accessed on https://www.radiometer.com/en/knowledge-center/handbooks/acute-care-testing-handbook.

Metabolites: 
cLac

Lactate

Lactate, the anion that results from dissociation of lactic acid, is an intracellular metabolite of glucose. It is produced by skeletal muscle cells, red blood cells (erythrocytes), the brain, and other tissues during anaerobic energy production (glycolysis). Lactate is formed in the intracellular fluid from pyruvate; the reaction is catalyzed by the enzyme lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) [1,2].

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1. Robergs RA, Ghiasvand F, Parker D. Biochemistry of exercise-induced metabolic acidosis. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 2004; 287: R502-16.
2. Acute care testing handbook. Radiometer Medical ApS, 2700 Brønshøj, Denmark, 2014. As accessed on https://www.radiometer.com/en/knowledge-center/handbooks/acute-care-testing-handbook.

The ABL80 FLEX analyser – BASIC version offers full IT connectivity to the AQURE point-of-care management system*), and can be used as a part of Radiometer’s 1st Automatic solution
 
*) In the USA, the remote control functionality of the AQURE system is not yet released for sale

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