automated sed rate instrument

by HemaTechnologies

An Introduction to Sed Rate Testing

HemaTechnologies is a medical laboratory instrument manufacturer that markets a number of medical devices, including products developed to perform erythrocyte sedimentation rate tests. HemaTechnologies is the creator of the ESR Stat Plus. A fully automated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) testing device, the ESR Stat Plus is capable of providing medical practitioners with information on three patients in no more than five minutes.

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) testing, alternatively known as sed rate testing, is a specialized blood test used to identify inflammation throughout a patient's body. Sed rate testing involves collecting blood samples, including the cells known as erythrocytes, in tall, thin vials. In samples that have been exposed to inflammation, erythrocytes tend to clump together and settle at the bottom of a testing vial quicker than the rate that is observed in blood taken from a person without inflammation. The presence of such inflammation can be an indication of serious illnesses such as autoimmune diseases, and even some cancers.

Automated ESR tools, such as the ESR Stat Plus by HemaTechnologies, are capable of providing medical professionals with immediate statistics on the movement of a patient's red blood cells. While manual sed rate testing may take up to one hour, automated devices can interpret erythrocyte data in just a few minutes. More product information is available at

The Symptoms of Iron Deficiency Anemia

Developed by HemaTechnologies, which is based in New Jersey, ESR Stat Plus is an instrument that analyzes erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) via an automated system that relays sed rate results to medical professions. These sed rate results, which are generated by the ESR Stat Plus in 5 minutes, are used in the diagnosis of a number of medical conditions. High ESR test results are a potential indicator of a number of medical conditions, including iron deficiency anemia.

Alongside the test results, there are a number of common symptoms that indicate you may have iron deficiency anemia. Fatigue, which is often accompanied by dizzy spells and concentration lapses are often experienced, with the effects being exacerbated by insomnia in some cases. You may also experience more severe shortness of breath, especially when exercising, and notice that your legs cramp up easily.

More specific symptoms include discoloration of the skin, often to a paler color, an upward curvature of your nails, and mouth soreness, typified by cracks at the corners. In some cases, patients may also have a condition called pica, which leads to strange food cravings for substances like paper, wood, or ice.

Based in Lebanon, New Jersey, HemaTechnologies manufactures and sells products for professionals in the health care industry, especially those who work in medical laboratories. HemaTechnologies' flagship product is the ESR Stat Plus, an automated instrument for measuring erythrocyte sedimentation rates.

The ESR Stat Plus has revolutionized sedimentation rate testing in several different ways. Notably, the instrument returns results for three patients in a matter of minutes and requires an EDTA blood sample of only 25 microliters. As such, the unique device offers numerous advantages for pediatric wards and emergency departments.

Moreover, the ESR Stat Plus is a direct-read analyzer, which means that patient results are displayed right on the unit's screen. As a result, technicians no longer need to take additional measurements or make calculations. In conjunction with HemaTechnologies' mylar-wrapped EZ-SAFE sample tubes, the device offers a simple and convenient way to measure sed rates.

With a height of nine inches, a width of 10 inches, and a depth of 14 inches, the product can be stored easily and quickly. HemaTechnologies supplements the instrument by selling optional printers and bar code readers. Lastly, the system offers a reduced volume in biohazard waste. These advantages make it an ideal choice for hospitals and emergency facilities that are short on time and want to devote as much attention as possible to patient care.

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