To evaluate a new reflectance photometer (Accusport®) for blood lactate determination, a prospective non-interventional study was performed on blood obtained from the umbilical cord artery immediately after delivery of the baby in 109 consecutive women. For each sample, the results of cord arterial blood lactate values measured with the reflectance photometer were compared with those obtained using a reference method in the laboratory. The values obtained using Accusport were comparable in accuracy with those obtained using a laboratory reference method (Ektachem 9501RC). The instrument provides a simple and reliable method for determining cord arterial blood lactate levels in a small blood sample.
- Cord blood lactate
- Portable reflectance photometer