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Abbott Broadens Use of i-STAT Handheld Blood Analyzer with CLIA Waiver Granted by FDA for CHEM8+ Test Cartridge
Date:10/2/2007

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The i-STAT System accelerates the availability of critical test information clinicians require to make rapid triage and treatment decisions when diagnosing a patient's condition, determining a prognosis or monitoring a patient's treatment response. Weighing only 18 ounces, the i-STAT System is an easy-to-use, hand-held analyzer capable of providing time-sensitive test results at the patient's side in just minutes. To perform a test, the user places two or three drops of whole blood on the test cartridge, which is then inserted into the analyzer. A new test cartridge is used for each patient. Utilizing test-specific cartridges that are fully self-contained, the i-STAT System delivers lab-accurate testing for blood gases, electrolytes, chemistries, coagulation, hematology, glucose and cardiac markers. i-STAT is at the forefront of expanding the possibilities with the industry's most comprehensive panel of bedside tests on a single platform. The i-STAT System is currently used in more than 1,800 hospitals, where rapid test results are critical for better patient care. The system is used in emergency departments, intensive care units, operating rooms, as well as catheterization laboratories, out-patient clinics and physician offices.

About Abbott Point of Care

Abbott Point of Care, headquartered in East Windsor, N.J., develops, manufactures and markets critical medical diagnostic and data management products for rapid blood analysis. The company's premier product is the i-STAT, a market-leading hand-held blood analyzer capable of performing a panel of commonly ordered blood tests on two or three drops of blood at the patient's side.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs 65,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.


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