Lactate Test

Fast answers—in–house—for your most critical patients

 

Every practice needs to be prepared for emergency and critical patients.

The Lactate Test for the IDEXX VetTest® Chemistry Analyzer gives you the answers you need in-house within minutes.

 

 

 

 

Lactate Test

Keeping you prepared for emergencies

 

Not all critical-care cases end up at the emergency room. Be prepared for the emergency patients that arrive at your practice.

The Lactate Test for the VetTest® Chemistry Analyzer is highly accurate and allows you to quickly obtain vital information so you can make confident decisions about the treatment and prognosis of your critical patients.

 

The IDEXX Test Promise

If an IDEXX test does not perform as promised, simply call us and we will credit your IDEXX Points account with 100% of the test’s value in points. If you have questions about the IDEXX Test Promise, please call us at
1–800–248–2483.

Help pinpoint metabolic disorders

 

Lactate has proven value as a prognostic indicator and can help pinpoint underlying metabolic disorders in certain cases:

  • Shock
  • Hypoperfusion, or a decrease in blood flow to a specific organ
  • Local hypoxic event
  • Gastric necrosis, GDV
  • Thromboembolic events
  • Colic (equine)
  • Athletic conditioning

Fast answers for your most critical patients

 

Running a test on the VetTest analyzer:

  1. Prepare your plasma or serum sample.
  2. Select patient information.
  3. Insert slides at prompt.
  4. Follow the "beep" prompts for pipetting.
  5. The VetTest analyzer finishes the testing process and automatically downloads results to the electronic medical record.

For complete instructions, consult the operator's guide.

 

Preparing a plasma sample

We recommend using a lithium-heparin tube with a gel barrier. Separate plasma from red cells within five minutes when using lithium-heparin.

  1. Use the appropriate tube. Do not use EDTA.
  2. Use the appropriate sample collection device.
  3. Draw the sample gently. Transfer if necessary.* Use the correct blood-to-lithium-heparin ratio.
  4. Gently invert the sample for 30 seconds to mix.
  5. Centrifuge the samples at least 120 seconds at a minimum of 12,000 Relative Centrifugal Force (RCF).  Refer to your centrifuge operator's manual for centrifugation settings and times.
  6. Transfer the plasma sample to a sample cup.

 

Preparing a serum sample

  1. Use the appropriate tube.
  2. Use the appropriate sample collection device.
  3. Draw the sample gently. Transfer if necessary.*
  4. Let the sample clot for a minimum of 20 minutes.
  5. Centrifuge the samples at least 120 seconds at a minimum of 12,000 Relative Centrifugal Force (RCF). Refer to your centrifuge operator's manual for centrifugation settings and times.
  6. Transfer the plasma sample to a sample cup.

 

 

*
When using an evacuated tube, such as a Vacutainer™ tube, allow the sample to draw naturally into the tube by vacuum
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