HemoCue Anemia Test

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Health Topic Maternal mortality
Classification Diagnosis
Scope Commercialized
Location Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, South America

Problem being addressedEdit

Anemia is one of the leading maternal health problems of the developing world. Detection of the condition can prevent numerous other complications including hemorrhage, the leading cause of maternal deaths worldwide. There is a need for simple, robust, and effective anemia diagnostic devices in low-resource settings.

Detailed description of the solutionEdit

The HemoCue Hemobglobin system is a portable, battery-operated device that tests for anemia in pregnant women. A disposable microcuvette is placed within the blood specimen, which collects the correct amount of blood via capillary action and automatically mixes the sample with reagents. Capillary, venous, or arterial blood samples can be used. The microcuvette is then placed into the portable analyzer, which displays results in about a minute. The device can easily be operated with precision by an unskilled health worker.

Designed byEdit

  • Designed by: HemoCue.
  • Manufacturer location: This device is now distributed by a variety of companies across the world.

When and where it was tested/implementedEdit

This device has been tested in Cameroon and Sudan among other places.


Peer-reviewed publicationEdit

Adam, I., Ahmed, S., Mahmoud, M. H. Yassin, M.I. (2012, March 21). Comparison of HemoCue® hemoglobin-meter and automated hematology analyzer in measurement of hemoglobin levels in pregnant women at Khartoum hospital, Sudan. Diagnostic Pathology. 7(30). doi: 10.1186/1746-1596-7-30. Retrieved on January 1, 2013. Link available here.

Cohen, A. R., Seidl-Friedman, J. (1988). HemoCue system for hemoglobin measurement. Evaluation in anemic and nonanemic children. American Journal of Clinical Pathology. 90(3), 302-305. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Link available here.

Other internally generated reportsEdit

HemoCue Hemoglobin Systems. (n.d.). HemoCue: A Quest Diagnostics Company. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Link available here.

Externally generated reportsEdit

Anemia and Pregnancy, Blood Test for Hemoglobin Level. (n.d.). Point-of-Care Hemoglobin Testing: A Vital Resource for Obstetricians/Gynecologists. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Link available here.

HemoCue anemia test. (2012, September 17). Maternova: Tools & ideas that save mothers and newborns. Retrieved January 1, 2013. Link available here.

IP and copyrightEdit

Lindberg, Stellan; and Olesen, Tom 08224058 Cl. 382-133.