Product News: AQT90 FLEX Allows Rapid Assessment of Cardiac Markers at Point of Care

13 Jul 2012

Barnsley Hospital has recently installed Radiometer’s AQT90 FLEX analyzer in its emergency department, where it is enabling rapid assessment of patients presenting with chest pain.

Dr Julian Humphrey, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Barnsley, explained: “Barnsley Hospital was one of the centres involved in the RATPAC trial that investigated point-of-care testing for a panel of cardiac markers on patients presenting with chest pain. During the trial, we noticed a significant difference in the number of patients we were able to safely discharge within four hours of arrival at the hospital, with fewer patients being admitted.”

The AQT90 FLEX immunoassay analyzer is a point-of-care analyzer based on proven lab technology. It has been designed to offer a short turnaround time with a throughput of up to 30 samples an hour, and up to 240 tests when the analyzer is fully loaded. The system is fully automated and uses whole blood so there is no need for sample preparation. The AQT90 FLEX test menu offers a comprehensive cardiac panel as well as markers for coagulation, pregnancy and infection.

Dr James Griffiths, also a Consultant in Emergency Medicine, continued: “Following RATPAC, we undertook further studies using Radiometer’s AQT90 FLEX, a closed system that is extremely easy to use; the sample tube is placed directly in the analyser, eliminating the need for further handling of samples and reagents. Low risk patients undergo cardiac marker assessment on arrival and again at 90 minutes. If the test results and the accompanying ECGs are normal, they can be discharged within four hours, avoiding the 12 hour wait associated with the traditional troponin test. It’s better for the patient, and the benefit to the hospital is that it reduces admissions and relieves pressure on acute care beds.”