Tools of the trade: qLabs Coagulation Analyser


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coagulation analyser

by Dr Laura Boucher, Westbrook Veterinary Surgery, QLD

We use the qLabs coag analyser when we’re concerned about an animal’s clotting times. Most commonly, this is when dealing with rat bait or snake bite cases. In those types of emergency situations, speed is very important and this analyser works very quickly.

What’s good about it

The analyser can run a test using one drop of blood. With our old analyser, we needed at least two millilitres of blood, which can be difficult to obtain when dealing with an anaemic cat. The analyser can also be used for Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy, though I haven’t personally done that yet.

The unit works very quickly. It takes about two minutes to warm up and then another two minutes to obtain the results. The machine has a handy little LCD screen that talks you through how to set it up. You simply draw the blood while the unit heats up and then place the blood sample directly onto the test strip. It doesn’t need to be an anticoagulant or citrate tube, which makes things much easier.

The unit is a small handheld device that doesn’t take up much bench space. Maintenance is minimal and a quality control protocol is run every three months. It’s a really handy little device that’s fast and accurate.

What’s not so good

Occasionally, when dealing with a very prolonged clotting time, the unit will come up with an error message rather than the actual value. We’ve also found that the barcode scanner doesn’t work on certain benchtops or in certain lights. We need to keep it in a particular spot in the room.

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