Prof. Lennart Friis-Hansen
North Zealand Hospital, Hillerød, Denmark
“The CBC analysis performed by large hematology instruments in a centralized laboratory is a screening test. However, despite extensive automation, the centralized laboratories have some inherent challenges (e.g. sample logistics, waiting time on the automated track etc) that makes it difficult to achieve turn-around times (TATs) from requisition/arrival of the patient at the ward to final result in less than 1-2 hrs. A way of overcoming these challenges and achieving TAT < 10 min is to decentralize the CBC analyses using Point-of-care (POC) hematology devices to screen WBC, platelet counts and hemoglobin. These POC instruments could also be excellent candidates for home monitoring of patients obviating the need to travel over long distances to the hospital as they are safe, user-friendly and portable. The HemoScreen instrument provides CBC test with a quality that both fulfil the clinical needs and have a short turnaround time. The robust analytical method with single use cartridge and easy operation makes the HemoScreen a good choice for smaller outpatient clinics and also potentially well suited for home monitoring.
The HemoScreen gives opportunities for use, both in decision-making in relation to general out-patient chemotherapy administration, but also in the out-patient handling of leukemia patients with chemotherapy-induced pancytopenia. Within a few minutes after blood sampling, important decisions can be taken regarding the need for platelet and red blood cell transfusion, but also when to initiate and stop antibiotic prophylaxis depending on the ANC. Out-patients with acute leukemia have numerous visits to the clinic during their treatment, which includes several courses of chemotherapy, leading to deep and prolonged pancytopenia over a total period of 4 to 6 months. The use of HemoScreen in this setting will therefore have considerably impact in reducing the total time spend in hospital on a day to day basis for patients undergoing treatment for acute leukemia. Furthermore, fast decision making in smaller (isolated) units have become very important during the COVID19 epidemic”
Dr. Elisabeth Aardal
University Hospital in Linköping
“Advanced technologies are available today that allow performing tests that traditionally were only performed in labs by complex instruments. Near patient testing provides timely results that can be acted upon immediately. With near-patient analyzes one has the opportunity to reduce TAT, which in turn can lead to faster decision-making regarding enrollment / discharge, early diagnosis, smaller tests and shorter stay time.
Time to results with PixCell HemoScreen was on average shorter by 20 minutes vs clinical lab. The price per test in the lab is lower for routine analysis but HemoScreen test is less expensive when emergency testing is required. The results indicate that using the new near-patient instrument could positively affect the overload on the emergency rooms.
Based on the results, it can be concluded that PixCell HemoScreen generates equivalent results compared to a clinical laboratory device. The instrument was also easy to use with the accessories. Based on the current cost and time saving, it would be cost-effective to use the instrument at emergency clinics.”
Prof. Anders Larsson
Uppsala University Hospital (UUH), Uppsala, Sweden
“Overcrowding and prolonged wait times have been linked to adverse clinical outcomes and decreased patient satisfaction. While no one factor can be identified as the root cause of this issue, decrease in delays between sample collection and test results can provide health care professionals with the opportunity to arrive at faster care management decisions, resulting in increased patient throughput and decreasing average wait times. We have thoroughly evaluated the HemoScreen performance and usability in different settings and found it extremely easy-to-use and highly accurate thus a perfect fit for urgent care settings and primary care.”
Prof. Robert Christensen, Professor of Pathology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
“The HemoScreen may solve a truly unmet need at the oncology clinic by providing CBC results immediately for patients enlisted for chemotherapy.”
“Current solutions do not provide results which are consistent with core lab results e.g. 3-part differential which is problematic for physicians.”
Prof. Carla Wilson MD, PhD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
“We found the Pixcell hematology analyzer simple to operate, extremely portable and reliable. Our non-technical staff quickly and easily learned how to perform the testing. The small size of the machine and ability to test either finger stick capillary blood or drops of blood from collection tubes allowed us to use this machine in a variety of settings. I appreciated the use of image analysis to accurately deliver complete blood counts with 5 part differential testing in just a few minutes. This versatile analyzer will be extremely helpful in providing accurate and reliable CBC with differential results in settings (i.e outpatient, clinic, bedside) where immediate feedback plays a significant role in patient outcomes. This includes, in part, pediatric and adult patients with de novo acute leukemia, marked neutropenia, or red blood cell and platelet disorders that result in significant and life threatening bleeding”