One of the main causes of anaemia in prematurity is the amount of blood removed for diagnostic tests. Using capillary blood with the HemoCue® Haemoglobin system can minimize trauma to paediatric patients. The HemoCue® Haemoglobin system utilizes only 10 µL capillary, venous, or arterial blood. The system is portable and sampling can easily take place in an incubator. When intralipids are added to parenteral nutrition preparation, lipemia can occur and interfere with some diagnostic testing. HemoCue® Haemoglobin system measures on two different wavelengths in order to compensate for turbidity e.g. due to lipids.
Neonatal hypoglycaemia is common and often asymptomatic. Left untreated, it may – in combination with other factors – lead to compromised neurological development, or in extreme cases, death. For these reasons, a rapid, precise, and accurate glucose method like HemoCue®, which is not affected by extremes of haematocrit, pO2, bilirubin, or other potential interfering substances, is essential in the neonatal intensive care unit.