HemoSense has developed a product that challenges current PT (Prothrombin Time) testing alternatives with innovation, cost reductions, ease of use and reliability. The INRatio system consists of a low-cost monitor and disposable test strips that can be used by patients at home or medical professionals in a clinic to quickly and accurately perform the PT test.
In addition to existing features...
The Test Strip is compatible with both the INRatio and the INRatio2 monitor.
Unique Electrochemical Technology
The test strip is made of laminated layers of transparent plastic. The simple design features a sample well where blood is applied, 3 channels through which the blood sample flows to reach the testing areas, reagents to start the coagulation process, and electrodes that interface with the monitor.
Built-In Quality Controls
The monitor uses the test strip's 3 channel technology to perform the PT test AND 2 quality control tests (normal and therapuetic) simultaneously, and determines whether the controls are within preset limits. If they are, strip integrity is verified, and the monitor reports the PT test result. If they are not, the monitor displays an ERROR message. The unique technology of the INRatio strip performs the Quality Control test alongside the actual test sample, requiring no additional steps.
Each Test Strip is individually wrapped in a foil pouch, offering protection from heat and humidity, and minimizing exposure to the environment.
No Refrigeration Required
Test Strips can be stored at room temperature until they expire, saving refrigerator storage space, and allowing more testing flexibility for patients when traveling.
Just as blood glucose self-testing has revolutionized the management of diabetes, self-testing for Prothrombin Time has the potential to provide a positive impact on patient therapeutic outcomes.
Benefits of Patient Self-Testing:
How Is Self-Testing Implemented?
Challenges in Traditional Clinic/Lab PT Testing
As technology improves, PT testing is migrating from traditional labs to Point of Care sites such as clinics, physician offices, and even the patient's home, yet certain shortcomings still exist, such as in the area of quality control.
Challenges in Quality Control for Current Point of Care Testing Devices
HemoSense has developed the INRatio monitor, a next generation Point of Care device, to address the many challenges of oral anticoagulant therapy, traditional lab testing, and quality control:
On Board Quality Control
The INRatio system automatically measures two levels of quality control on each test, eliminating the additional cost, time, and paperwork of a separate control procedure.
No Refrigeration Required
INRatio Test Strips can be stored at room temperature until they expire.
Small Sample Size
One drop (15µL) of fresh whole blood from a fingerstick is applied directly to the strip to perform the test.
The monitor automatically performs electronic self-tests for battery condition, proper heating range, temperature and memory on each test, assuring the user that the device is working properly.
The monitor checks for common procedure errors, such as insufficient blood samples, used test strips, or using the monitor outside the proper temperature range. This helps diminish operator error, increasing the likelihood of accurate results.
The monitor reports results within 2 minutes, greatly reducing overall test time and the time-consuming hassle of repeated clinic/lab follow-up.
Easy to Use
The monitor was designed to operate as simply as a telephone, with three easy buttons and a large viewable screen.
The monitor can store 60 test results in memory, and download information to a computer or printer through a simple built-in port.
The hand-held monitor can be transported easily.
Some video showing you the INRatio2 PT/INR monitor for Home and Clinic in action
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product descriptions gratefully used with permission of the manufacturers.