The Coag-Sense™ PT/INR Monitoring System is the first PT/INR system to directly detect clot formation representing a breakthrough in PT/INR testing design simplicity!
Two million new people start taking the oral anticoagulant drug Coumadin® (warfarin) every year to prevent blood clots, heart attacks and stroke. Correct dosing of Coumadin is determined for each patient by periodically measuring blood clotting time using the prothrombin time (PT) test. The simplicity of the new Coag-Sense system offers clinicians not only the performance they require but also the reliability they demand.
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Accurate results in less than a minute
The Coag-Sense meter directly measures the prothrombin time, so the time required to perform a test is the actual prothrombin time in seconds. By not using look-up tables or curve fitting algorithms, the Coag-Sense meter offers both speed and accuracy.
Coag-Sense's patented micro mechanical detection system delivers superb precision and reliability. Professionals testing with the Coag-Sense system have demonstrated %CV's of 2.5%. Unlike electrochemical detection based devices, the Coag-Sense system does not rely on the concentration of blood constituents not involved in clot formation to produce results. This improves precision and reduces variability in readings often seen in other systems.
Red Blood Cells Not Required
Because the Coag-Sense system uses a micro mechanical means of clot detection instead of electrochemical, re-calcified plasma control strips can be run as easily as whole blood. This also means that the Coag-Sense system is not affected by low hemoglobin or hematocrit levels, a common source of inaccurate results in systems using current to detect clot formation.
Small sample size (10 µl minimum) for easy dosing
Only 10µl of fingerstick sample is required to run the Coag-Sense system. To reduce strip waste caused by unsteady hands, sample is easily transferred from the patient's finger to the test strip using the minipipette or sample transfer tubes provided.
Offers true controls using the actual thromboplastin and plasma
The purpose of quality control testing for a prothrombin time test system is to verify the integrity of both device and reagent performance. Coag-Sense is the first system to offer true high and low control strips which contain the same thromboplastin used in the patient test strip along with plasma of known INR. There is no substitute for confirming performance of the actual thromboplastin used in the patient test strips.
Other Benefits of the Coag-Sense System Include:
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