Volume 94 Issue 37 | p. 9 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 19, 2016

Paper device measures hematocrit

Inexpensive red blood cell assay could be used in limited-resource settings
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Analytical SCENE, Biological SCENE
Keywords: diagnostics, microfluidics, hematocrit, cell assays, paper-based device

For many blood-based assays, blood cells need to be removed from samples before the analysis can be done. But for other assays, the blood cells themselves are the whole point. One such measurement is the hematocrit—the ratio of the volume of red blood cells to the total blood volume. A hematocrit value above normal is a sign of dehydration, whereas a value below normal can mean anemia. Conventional hematology analyzers can be too complex and . . .

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