Does your laboratory perform erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) tests and are you looking to automate this process? If so, the Starrsed ST is the obvious solution. Starrsed is the world’s only product line that allows laboratories to perform ESR tests that are fully in agreement with the Westergren Method (the Gold Standard). The Starrsed ST is entirely automated and standardized, which makes it easy to use for every employee in your laboratory. The Starrsed ST achieves the highest degree of reliability in testing, leaving you and your operators available for other tasks in the laboratory.
Westergren Sedimentation Method
One of the oldest and most frequently requested blood tests is ESR. It has not changed fundamentally in the way it is carried out since Westergren described it in 1921. In 2011, the International Council for Standardization in Hematology (ICSH) and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) defined the Reference Method for ESR to be the Westergren Method; the Gold Standard. The objective of ESR testing is to measure inflammatory state. The Westergren Method measures both infections related to infectious diseases and chronic inflammatory conditions. In addition to being very reliable, the Westergren Sedimentation Method is also amongst the cheapest laboratory tests available.
RR Mechatronics has developed the Starrsed ST, which is an ESR tube based analyzer with a small footprint. The Starrsed ST, in full operation, produces sample results up to every 30 seconds. After manually applying the sample tube for aspiration, the entire process is fully automated. A built-in barcode reader identifies each sample. The Starrsed ST will then perform an ESR measurement fully unattended.
- The Westergren glass tubes are re-usable after each automatic cleaning. Therefore no additional costs for new pipettes. No disposable plastics of any kind are used.
- As opposed to other test instruments, Starrsed instruments actually identify and report hazy samples so that the lab technician may decide on further testing.
- The Starrsed ST makes use of EDTA sample tubes. The advantage is that EDTA blood is very stable compared to pre-citrated samples, allowing for accurate ESR test results up to 24 hours after collection. This provides laboratories with even more logistical flexibility.
- Because the Starrsed ST dilutes the blood, which is in agreement with the Westergren Method, it compensates for different hematocrit levels. The hematocrit level of the sample, therefore, will not influence the accuracy of the ESR measured.