From Simi Valley, California, USA:
Can Glycohemoglobin A1C tests be done with a finger prick? I have heard some hospitals have equipment that enables this to be done.
Yes indeed you can do an A1c on a fingerstick sample of blood. There are several instruments that can be used; probably the Ames 2000 is the most common.
[Editor's comment: The DCA 2000 is an office machine, that we use at my office. It requires certification by the US Federal Government agency, under a program called "CLIA," to show we're proficient at using it. It is extremely accurate, and can give an answer in about 6 minutes from a small drop of blood from a fingerstick. WWQ]
Original posting 20 Mar 97
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:54
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