In this video, Margaret Shaw (DialyGuard Medical Sales Manager), goes through the Level 1 and Level 2 calibration process on a DialyGuard pHoenix meter in great detail highlighting the nuances of this process. Mesa Labs recommends monthly Level 1 and 2 calibration of the pHoenix meter to ensure that the meter is functioning properly.
When setting up for the calibration, it is very important to make sure that you have all the solutions you will need along with a Tri-Station or a Super Station. Doing this ahead of time will make the calibration process much easier.
Mesa’s dialysate meters are state of the art, critical instruments that are vital to ensuring the safety of dialysis patients. Verifying the accuracy of these instruments is just as critical as verifying the final dialysate and Mesa has gone to extreme lengths to make sure that the solutions that are offered to do this verification are of the highest quality possible.
Mesa’s dialysate solutions are specifically designed to be used with our series of high-quality dialysate meters. These solutions are NIST-traceable and are manufactured in Mesa’s ISO 13485-compliant manufacturing facility in Lakewood, Colorado. These sodium chloride standard solutions are 510k notified and are design to provide the most accurate results possible from your pHoenix, Hydra or Neo-Stat meters (NOTE: use of potassium chloride solutions may provide inaccurate results and calibration).
In addition, you can save up to 45% on Mesa’s solutions by ordering them online! http://www.mesalabs.com/shopping/shop-online Click here and select DialyGuard to take advantage of our online ordering discounts.
For more details on Dialysis meters click here. http://www.mesalabs.com/medical-meters/
As those in the dialysis industry are well aware, it is extremely important to keep your meter as clean as possible when testing the dialysis machines for calibration. Mesa Labs NEO-CARE is a user-friendly solution that is designed specifically for this purpose. Here are 6 reasons why NEO-CARE can benefit dialysis care technicians and patients alike:
- NEO-CARE is very gentle, but highly effective.
- It removes hard deposits and bacterial filming from cell sensors for greater accuracy and extended instrument life.
- You can purchase NEO-CARE with any other Mesa Labs order consolidating your ordering process.
- You can purchase this solution online at www.mesalabs.com/shopping/shop-online which lets anyone confirm an accurate order and leaves the paper out!
- NEO-CARE can be purchased in bulk; purchase 6 or more 16 oz. bottles and each bottle only costs $6 a bottle vs. $9.50 list price! This can be up to 45% savings!
- Lastly, the shelf life opened or unopened has no expiration date so NEO-CARE can be purchased in bulk with no worries!
For more information on NEO-CARE solution visit http://www.mesalabs.com/medical-standard-and-cleaning-solutions/
Here’s a quick video on how to care for our DialyGuard dialysate meters.
Proper care and calibration of your instruments play a critical role in maintaining your instrument investment and in maintaining quality patient care. Designed for use by both patient care and technical personnel, the Mesa Labs’ care and calibration stations provide a fast, convenient method to perform the necessary rinsing, disinfection, verification and calibration of your instruments.
The “TRI” in Tri-Station represents the three functions of the stations which are to disinfect, rinse, and verify. The Tri-Stations facilitate the use and care of the pHoenix, HYDRA and NEO-STAT+ meters. The Tri-Station 3 is a 3 bottle unit designed for use with conductivity meters, and the Tri- Station 4 is a four bottle unit designed for use with conductivity/pH meters. Proper preventative maintenance can dramatically extend meter life and reduce the possibility of inaccurate readings.
Mesa also offers a Super Station. The Super Station is a unique, preventative maintenance system designed to rinse, disinfect and verify calibration of any conductivity or pH meter having a flow-type cell. The Super Station can easily be customized to meet your needs. There are three Super Station models: The pHoenix Super Station, Hydra Super Station and Super Station Base. Proper preventative maintenance can dramatically extend meter life and lengthen calibration intervals.
For more information on the Tri-Stations and Super Stations that Mesa Labs offers please visit:
Richard Parsons, a volunteer for WORTH and a full-time Davita employee, traveled to Belize this last February to train local people in the country to administer dialysis to patients and run the equipment needed. By doing this the units are able to develop and eventually become self-sustaining. They will never turn a patient away because they are unable to pay for the treatment.
Richard carried with him 2 90DX meters and some NIST-traceable solutions for calibration use, items proudly donated by Mesa Labs. Mesa couldn’t be more pleased to be able to partner with such a worthwhile cause and people like Richard who are constantly working to help improve the lives of those in need of dialysis.
The non-profit World Organization of Renal Therapies (WORTH) was founded by Dr. Wayne Trebbin and opened their first dialysis unit in 2006 in Yaounde, the capital city of the sub-Saharan African country of Cameroon. Since 2006, WORTH has opened 2 more dialysis units in the Latin American country of Belize and a second unit in Cameroon. Their mission is to deliver state of the art dialysis to their patients in developing third world countries and to do so without causing financial stress.
Follow their blog at: http://worthdialysis.blogspot.com/
To donate to WORTH or to find out more information click here!
NANT supports nephrology education and has a strong mission to promote a high quality of care for Chronic Kidney Disease patients. NANT also tries to provide as many educational opportunities as they possibly can to members while they continue to encourage the professional development of nephrology professionals. They also maintain the highest standards of safety and quality in CKD therapies and constantly encourage the individual member to participate in the growth and development of the organization.
The National Association of Nephrology Technicians National Annual Symposium in March of 2013 will be held at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Mesa Labs will be exhibiting and we will be located at booth number 107 in the conference hall.
Mesa’s DialyGuard line of Dialysate Meters are high precision instruments designed by our highly qualified engineers with patient safety and the utmost accuracy in mind. Through the design process, certain benchmarks are identified with which the rest of the design must adhere to in order for the final product to operate as it is intended to.
Mesarecommends the Energizer 522 battery for use with its meters because of this battery’s specific size and the fact that it is smaller than most commercially available 9V batteries. There are other batteries that may fit and work with the meter, but common brands (such as Duracell) are not suitable for use with DialyGuard Meters due to their larger body size. (more…)
Nephrology nursing is one of the most sophisticated and demanding nursing specialties. Nurses continually need to educate themselves on new technological advances and patient care. ANNA is one of the best places for people to stay informed of the latest and most up-to-date industry and medical information. (more…)
Here’s a brief video showing basic setup and operation of our DialyGuard 90XL dialysate meter. The 90XL measures ph, pressure, and conductivity to calibrate kidney dialysis machines. To learn more about the full line of DialyGuard dialysate meters, click here.