Evaluation of a portable lactate analyzer (Lactate Scout) in dogs

L Ferasin, SJ Dodkin, A Amodio, JK Murray, KP Papasouliotis

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BACKGROUND: Measurement of blood lactate concentration has become a common practice in canine medicine. However, the accuracy of portable lactate monitors has not been reported in dogs. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy and precision of a portable analyzer (Lactate-Scout) in measuring canine blood lactate concentration. METHODS: A preliminary study was performed to assess the effects of sample storage time and temperature on plasma lactate concentration. Blood samples obtained from 6 canine patients at our hospital were divided into 8 aliquots and stored at 4 degrees C and 20 degrees C; plasma lactate was measured in duplicate with a spectrophotometric system (Konelab) at 0, 30, 60, 120, and 240 minutes after the blood collection. Values were compared with those obtained immediately after blood collection. Lactate values obtained by the portable method also were compared with those obtained by the reference spectrophotometric analyzer on blood samples collected from 48 additional canine patients. RESULTS: There was no significant effect of storage time (P = .89) or temperature (P = .51) on plasma lactate levels. The correlation between lactate values measured with the Lactate-Scout and the Konelab method was r = .98 (slope = .81, 95% confidence interval = .73-.87; intercept = .20, 95% confidence interval = .13-.31). The level of agreement between the 2 methods was generally good for mean lactate concentrations
Translated title of the contributionEvaluation of a portable lactate analyzer (Lactate Scout) in dogs
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36 - 39
Number of pages4
JournalVeterinary Clinical Pathology
Volume36 (1)
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007

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Publisher: American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology


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