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Field evaluation of a novel haemoglobin measuring device designed for use in a rural setting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9472275     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of a robust, cheap method for haemoglobin estimation by non-laboratory-trained personnel in a rural setting.
DESIGN: Comparative study.
SETTING: Tintswalo Hospital, Acornhoek.
PARTICIPANTS: 7 nursing sisters, 4 medical students, 2 lay persons.
OUTCOME MEASURES: Haemoglobin estimates obtained with the colour scale were compared with the 'true Hb' values determined by the H x 3 Bayer-Technicon automated blood analyser.
RESULTS: Although individuals varied in their abilities to use the colour scale, its performance was generally very good when measured against automated haemoglobinometry, as determined by bias and regression analysis and also in terms of its capacity to detect anaemia, as measured by sensitivity, specificity and positive and negative predictive values.
CONCLUSIONS: Haemoglobin estimates obtained with the World Health Organisation colour scale are generally reliable, although cognisance should be taken of individual variability. While the utility of the device in monitoring response to therapy remains to be seen, it promises to be a suitable method for mass screening for anaemia.
M Münster; S M Lewis; L K Erasmus; B V Mendelow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1997 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-03-18     Completed Date:  1998-03-18     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1522-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Hemoglobinometry / economics,  instrumentation*,  methods
Hemoglobins / analysis
Hospitals, Rural*
Reproducibility of Results
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