Point-of-care testing of plasma free hemoglobin and hematocrit for mechanical circulatory support

Dong Ah Shin, Jung Chan Lee, Heean Shin, Young Jae Cho, Hee Chan Kim

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Hematological analysis is essential for patients who are supported by a mechanical circulatory support (MCS). The laboratory methods used to analyze blood components are conventional and accurate, but they require a mandatory turn-around-time for laboratory results, and because of toxic substances, can also be hazardous to analysis workers. Here, a simple and rapid point-of-care device is developed for the measurement of plasma free hemoglobin (PFHb) and hematocrit (Hct), based on colorimetry. The device consists of camera module, minimized centrifuge system, and the custom software that includes the motor control algorithm for the centrifuge system, and the image processing algorithm for measuring the color components of blood from the images. We show that our device measured PFHb with a detection limit of 0.75 mg/dL in the range of (0–100) mg/dL, and Hct with a detection limit of 2.14% in the range of (20–50)%. Our device had a high correlation with the measurement method generally used in clinical laboratories (PFHb R = 0.999, Hct R = 0.739), and the quantitative analysis resulted in precision of 1.44 mg/dL for PFHb value of 14.5 mg/dL, 1.36 mg/dL for PFHb value of 53 mg/dL, and 1.24% for Hct 30%. Also, the device can be measured without any pre-processing when compared to the clinical laboratory method, so results can be obtained within 5 min (about an 1 h for the clinical laboratory method). Therefore, we conclude that the device can be used for point-of-care measurement of PFHb and Hct for MCS.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3788
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021


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