It is the most severe complication occurring of iron deficiency. Although preventable, but in its severe forms can prove life impairing and fatal. Mostly observed in pregnant women in developing countries, the no. of the cases is staggering high. Apart from general primary healthcare, the accurate evaluation of hemoglobin level can prove a crucial step, aiming to reduce the number of subjects affected.
Detection and management
Keeping track of hemoglobin levels has long been considered rudimentary in routine health checks. Hemoglobin level in blood as an indicator of anemia traditionally relies on the performance of well-equipped clinical laboratories. There are elementary methods of course, but are considerably pricy and need industry-grade chemical reagents along with a decent degree of technical skill and yet are inaccessible to primary health centers. Especially in rural areas where anemia is common and appropriate prevention and treatment strategies shall be efficiently implemented, a parallel method is required to screen for anemia economically. The less sophisticated the device, the more conveniently one can respond.
The concept that the color of a drop of blood could reliably indicate anemia emerged in the late 1900s. The blood had to be matched against predetermined hues of red, revealing if the subject was anemic along with the severity of it. Due to the lack of modern printing technology, there was a high chance that estimation could prove inaccurate.
But with advanced tech, it is possible now to perfect the method through which the color accurately matches the shades of hemoglobin at different concentrations on the hemoglobin scale. Also, considering the cost implications of the management and the magnitude of the impact on socioeconomic stature of developing nations, crucial restrictive measures as screening the anemic patient using Hemoglobin Color Scale Kit are need to be undertaken swiftly.
How To Use
The Hemoglobin Color Scale contains a small card with six hues of red representing hemoglobin levels at 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14 g/dl respectively.
The device is simple to use:
place a drop of blood on the test strip provided and wait about 30 seconds.
immediately match the color of the blood spot against one of the hues on the scale making it convenient enough to be used by most untrained hands showing whether the patient exhibits symptoms of anemia and if he/she does, then the severity of anemia in clinical terms is determined. The color scale cannot identify minor changes in hemoglobin levels while the treatment but can aid in the management of a suspected patient.
The Kit Contents:
booklet of 6 shades of red.
instructions for use; dispenser of 200 especially absorbent test strips in a handy box.
4 spare dispensers (800 tests). Available in English, French and other languages as required.
instructions for use must be followed.
use only approved test strips provided (refill dispensers available).
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