How is the system used?
The OptiScanner 5000 combines a plasma-based measurement approach with the convenience of real-time bedside monitoring. The system draws a small amount of patient blood (only consuming 0.15 mL per draw) every 15 minutes, separates the blood plasma in a micro-centrifuge, and then transports the plasma to be read by a mid-range infrared spectrometer. A proprietary algorithm automatically adjusts for interferences and within a few minutes of the blood draw, a reading is displayed on the front of the OptiScanner. The OptiScanner uses a disposable, single-patient-use cartridge containing the fluid pathway through which the blood is sampled, stored, processed and analyzed. One cartridge can be used for the monitoring of a single patient for up to three days.