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New Handheld Base Unit for CoaguChek XS Plus System Enables Connectivity to RALS-Plus Data Management Solution for PT/INR Testing at the Point of Care
Date:11/11/2008

ped the RALS system. "RALS-Plus is designed to do both."

The most significant benefits of connectivity with RALS-Plus relate to enhanced patient safety and quality control, according to Robert Hach, Point of Care Coordinator at Cleveland's MetroHealth System, which has been using RALS-Plus to manage its POC blood glucose testing program for five years and served as a test site for the CoaguChek XS Plus connectivity module. "During the beta test, the connectivity to RALS-Plus allowed us to control the PT/INR meters remotely, so we could manage operator certification and protocol compliance from one location," he says. "That took away any worries about an unauthorized person using the meter, and helped ensure the safety of our patients."

RALS-Plus helps hospitals address quality initiatives by giving them centralized control of point-of-care testing devices, including Roche's ACCU- CHEK(R) Inform system for blood glucose, according to Keith Snyder, Director of IT Marketing at Roche. "Now facilities that use the CoaguChek XS Plus System can extend the benefits of centralized data management to point-of-care testing in their warfarin clinics as well," he said.

The CoaguChek XS Plus System can store up to 500 patient and/or liquid quality control results that can be searched by patient ID, date, and time. It uses two-level, built-in quality controls to help ensure the accuracy of PT/INR test results, but also offers optional liquid quality controls for facilities with policies requiring the use of external quality control measures.

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Patients with atrial fibrillation, a mechanical heart valve and other conditions often require protection against thrombosis, or blood clots. They are typically put on lifelong oral anticoagulation therapy with Coumadin (warfarin) to thin their blood. Each patient reacts differently to anticoagulant medication, so it is imperative to monitor the therapeutic effects to keep pot
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