Accuracy of a portable haemoglobinometer in clinical practice

  • A. G. Linegar
  • J. D. Knottenbelt
  • P.-J. Wormald


The haemoglobin (Hb) levels of 100 blood samples submitted to the haematology laboratory of Groote Schuur Hospital were estimated by 3 clinical observers using the Buffalo Medical Specialties (BMS) portable haemoglobinometer. The average error was between 5% and 6% of the laboratory Hb value (0,6 g/dl). It is concluded that the BMS machine, besides being easy to use and giving a rapid result, is also sufficiently accurate for clinical practice.


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