RBS Co. is the sole agent of Acon laboratories Inc. for their well-designed handheld, portable Mission Plus hemoglobin meter.
Here are some notes about the importance of hemoglobin and quick diagnosis of anemia:
- Hemoglobin (also called haemoglobin, abbreviated as Hb or Hgb) is the iron-containing protein in the red blood cells. This protein is originally responsible for the red color of blood and for the transport of oxygen by ferrous link in its molecule structure from lungs or gills to the rest of the body, where it releases the oxygen for cell use. Hemoglobin concentration measurement is one of the most commonly performed blood tests, usually as part of a complete blood count. The Hb concentration determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood, higher or lower level of hemoglobin may cause severe complications.
- Anemia is a decrease in normal number of red blood cells (RBCs) or less than the normal quantity of hemoglobin in the blood, which means “poverty of blood”. Because hemoglobin normally carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues, anemia leads to hypoxia (lack of oxygen) in organs. All human cells depend on oxygen for survival, and varying degrees of anemia can have a wide range of clinical consequences.
The Mission® Plus Hemoglobin Testing System is designed for the quantitative measurement of hemoglobin level in capillary and venous whole blood. And it is intended for professional in vitro diagnostics use only.
The “Mission Plus” Hb testing system consists of three main parts: the Hb Meter, Hb test strips and a Code Chip. When a blood sample is applied to the test strip, a chemical reaction occurs producing a color change. The analyzer measures the color reaction and compares the information to the calibration curve stored in the Code Chip. The analyzer converts this color reading into a test result that is displayed on the screen.