Camilla Sjökvist – Emergency nurse
How often do you experience problem with hemolysis?
Hemolysis is common, but it varies. My feeling is that there is more hemolysis some days then others and that it often depends on how you draw the blood sample and what kind of method you use. For example, I find that it is more often hemolysis if you take the blood sample from a PVC, which is often used when the patient needs different drugs or IV fluids.
What is your feeling about how hemolysis affects patients?
When there is hemolysis in blood samples, the time for patents in the emergency room is extended, leading to impaired patient flow. Often,
doctors want the test results before making decisions about treatments. Some blood analytes are extra sensitive to hemolysis and it may delay some investigations and to some extent also delay decisions regarding the patient’s treatment, which is rarely good especially in emergency situations.
How do you think a solution like Hemcheck´s would be received in the healthcare?
Since the concept feels easy to use and probably could help us to shorten the time for receiving lab test results, I think the implementation in health care settings would not be a problem given that we get the right education. It is also a matter of costs. Today we are not able to check for hemolysis in the patient-centered work, thus we have to send samples to the lab for hemolysis check and that takes time.