October 29, 2007 - Roche Diagnostics' newly launched CoaguChek XS Plus System offers built-in controls and optional, external liquid controls to help nonwaived clinics monitoring anticoagulation ensure accurate PT/INR (clotting time) test results for patients taking blood thinner medication.
The handheld, battery-powered CoaguChek XS Plus System has the ability to store up to 500 patient and or liquid quality control results that can be searched by patient, date and time. The meter also is designed for data management connectivity with patient ID, operator lockout and quality control lockouts.
The CoaguChek XS Plus System is pending CLIA waiver approval by the FDA.
Similar to the CoaguChek XS System using the CoaguChek XS PT Test Strip, the CoaguChek XS Plus System performs two levels of onboard quality controls as part of every PT/INR test, all in a single test chamber, a feature designed to save time and provide enhanced confidence in the quality of results.
The CoaguChek PT test strip also neutralizes therapeutic levels of heparin and low-molecular-weight heparin, enabling physicians to do point-of-care testing on a broad range of anticoagulated patients. The latest CoaguChek system, with the use of the CoaguChek PT test strip, continues to provide accurate, precise results in just one minute from a small 10 microliter drop of blood obtained from a fingerstick, increasing patient comfort, according to its manufacturer.
The optional external liquid quality controls available as the CoaguChek XS Plus PT Controls include a code chip and eight bottles of liquid quality controls (four level one bottles and four level two bottles) that allow laboratorians to independently test the CoaguChek XS Plus System.
For more information: www.roche-diagnostics.us