i-STAT and the Laboratory
The i-STAT System can help the laboratory optimize their partnership with critical care and emergency departments
With clinical guidelines and facility patient care protocols increasing the demand for rapid availability of laboratory testing results, and increased financial pressure and staff shortages, hospital laboratories face unprecedented pressure to perform. The i-STAT System can help meet these demands and maintain compliance with laboratory regulations, all while accelerating the patient care decision-making process.
It's important to note that the i-STAT® System can't replace the lab; rather, it complements the lab's efforts by providing lab-quality results at the patient's bedside. Laboratory professionals can be assured that quality results are delivered within minutes with the i-STAT System.
Ease of use
- The i-STAT handheld guides operators through the testing process with on-screen prompts and audible feedback
Reliability through automatic quality control
- Transparent quality assurance measures are built in; when required, Electronic Quality Control (EQC) can be seamlessly integrated into the testing process by configurable lockout
- Sample integrity, sensors, and fluidics quality checks occur automatically with each unit use cartridge
- Laboratories can meet with CLIA EQC requirements using these features of the
Regulatory and Compliance
- The i-STAT System is designed to meet all CLIA and laboratory accrediting organization (such as the College of American Pathologists and The Joint Commission) requirements for point-of-care testing
Adoption of point-of-care testing can help alleviate pressure on lab technicians by reducing the amount of test requests and telephone call-back procedures, thereby freeing them to focus on other tasks.
Explore i-STAT—See how one facility benefited from point-of-care testing with the i-STAT System
"Per CLIA mandate, the laboratory is ultimately responsible for overseeing and managing all blood testing. We see Point-of-care testing as allowing our lab staff to focus efforts on other types of testing, such as esoteric testing, and enabling the lab to be efficient through improved workflow, and eliminating bottlenecks."
Steven Jeffrey Melnick, Ph.D., M.D.
Chief, Department of Pathology and Laboratories
Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami