HORIBA UK launches new generation Microsemi CRP near-patient haematology analyser

Unique point-of-care analyser delivers simultaneous blood analysis with CRP measurement – ideal for emergency and community care settings

HORIBA UK Limited has launched its new generation Microsemi CRP point-of-care haematology analyser. At just 30cm wide, the new Microsemi CRP LC-767G is nearly 25% more compact and lightweight than its predecessor, making it easy to locate this unique dual-purpose system anywhere rapid simultaneous Full Blood Counts (FBC), with 3-part differential and CRP analysis is required. It is ideal for patient triage and supporting treatment decisions in near-patient testing, such as in emergency and community care settings, as well as for paediatrics.

Other key new features of the next generation CE-marked system compared to its highly regarded predecessor include enhanced software now with network connectivity delivering improved usability and higher memory capacity. A new parameter – Granulocytes-to-Lymphocytes Ratio (GLR) which can support COVID-19 patient assessment - has also been added to its suite of 20 parameters. All combine to boost the new Microsemi CRP’s functionality and diagnostic efficiency to help identify if infection and inflammation is viral or bacterial, and determine the correct antimicrobial treatment at the point-of-care.

The unique combination of parameters delivered by the Microsemi CRP in just four minutes along with comprehensive data management gives clinicians the capability to initiate more rapid treatment decisions. It helps streamline existing diagnostic pathways, improve patient flows via earlier discharge and specialty referrals, whilst informing more judicious antibiotic prescribing. Its whole blood micro-sampling of just 10µL for FBC and 18µL for FBC+CRP delivers lab accurate results, even for small paediatric samples.

User-friendly and robust, the Microsemi CRP does not require speciality staff. Improvements to its efficient on-board software support a number of new functions and gives easy access to patient and control results. Added functionality includes: enhanced intuitive colour touch-screen display; one touch mode switching; clear indication of reagent remaining; a timer and calendar function; as well as the addition of a barcode reader as standard to enable automatic reagent factor and lot number input, reducing manual errors and time.

The analyser’s new flexible network capability supports easy integration into a Laboratory Information System, or a USB memory stick can also be used to transfer data for standalone systems. Furthermore, the new haematology system’s increased memory will now store up to 500 patient results along with 180 QC results per level.

“We have developed our next generation Microsemi CRP based on feedback from emergency rooms and doctors’ surgeries worldwide where its predecessor has been much appreciated for many years for its accuracy and convenience,” said Simon Aylen, Technical Product Manager at HORIBA UK. “Now made even better, it continues to provide information of great clinical value enabling quicker and more accurate medical decision making at the point-of-care to ultimately minimise hospital admissions, improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.”