Published on : Feb 19, 2016
As versatile diagnostic devices, blood gas and electrolyte analyzers have gained immense popularity across the medical fraternity. Diagnostic outcomes gained with the help of these devices, coupled with other tests have led to accurate diagnosis of various chronic diseases such as uncontrolled diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and drug overdose.
Handheld Blood Gas & Electrolyte Analyzers are more in Demand
Some of the key devices available in the global blood gas and electrolyte analyzer market are combination analyzer, blood gas analyzer, electrolyte analyzer, and consumables including electrolytes, cartridges, and electrodes. It has been observed that the demand for analyzers with narrow analysis profiles is slowing down and the market is being flooded by devices with wider analysis profiles. The demand for handheld blood gas and electrolyte analyzers is rapidly increasing but these devices would not replace the traditional table-top analyzers completely.
ChroMedX Copr. Introduces Handheld Blood Analyzer ‘HemoPalm’
Most of the key players in the global blood gas and electrolyte analyzer market are engaged in research and development activities. ChroMedX Corp., a prominent player in the global blood gas and electrolyte analyzer market, has been developing a handheld blood analyzer called HemoPalm. The point-of-care (PoC) testing device replicates the kind of CO-oximetry and blood gas analysis traditionally performed using bench-top analyzers. The device is expected to lower the cost of blood gas analysis significantly as bench-top analyzers are quite expensive.
In April last year, Abbott Point of Care Inc. received the clearance from the U.S. FDA for i-STAT Total ?-HCG test. The blood analyzer developed by Abbott helps to detect the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone within 10 minutes. In June 2015, Stat Profile Prime, the blood gas analyzer developed by Nova Biomedical has received the clearance from the FDA. The advanced ABL90 FLEX PLUS blood gas analyzer launched by Radiometer Medical can test extremely small volume of blood sample.