Blackpool Hospital Improves Patient Care with Point-of-Care Cardiac Testing
15 Feb 2012

Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s A&E Department is utilizing the immunoassay capabilities of Radiometer’s AQT90 FLEX analyzer to assess patients with low risk chest pain. This is speeding up diagnosis as well as reducing the need for unnecessary hospital admissions.

The A&E team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are using Radiometer’s AQT90 FLEX to test for a panel of cardiac markers (Troponin I, CKMB and Myoglobin), as part of their cardiac assessment strategy. The compact immunoassay analyzer provides cost-effective analysis of these critical biomarkers at the patient’s bedside.

Sister Sharon Ellis explained: “We are a busy Accident and Emergency department, and routinely see a wide variety of patients, many with chest pain. As the Trust houses the Regional Cardiac Centre we are well equipped to deal with MIs and other cardiac emergencies however, for low risk cases (with a TIMI score below 2), patients have historically had to wait until 12 hours after the onset of pain for a blood test to rule out a cardiac event. Despite a majority of these cases yielding negative results, this delay had significant implications for the Trust, often requiring an unnecessary admission for the patient. Being able to rule out a cardiac event improves the patient’s journey and outcome.”

“Introduction of the AQT90 FLEX has helped to improve this process significantly, allowing the first test to be performed 60 minutes after the onset of pain, and a follow up test 90 minutes later for confirmation. This rapid turnaround not only reduces the strain on resources, it also offers reassurance to patients by ruling out a cardiac condition more quickly.”

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