A Medical Device Daily

Instrumentation Laboratory (IL; Lexington, Massachusetts) reported that supply chain services firm Broadlane (Dallas) has awarded it a five-year contract covering its critical-care products and services. Broadlane counts among its clients more than 915 acute-care hospitals, more than 2,600 sub-acute care facilities, and more than 18,000 physician practices.

The contract covers IL's critical care analyzers, reagents, consumables and service, including what IL calls its flagship products, the new GEM Premier 4000 and the GEM Premier 3000 analyzers for blood gas, electrolyte and metabolite testing, new GEMweb Plus information management system for the GEM analyzers, GEM PCL Plus, a portable coagulation analyzer and GEM OPL, a portable CO-Oximeter.

"Broadlane's selection of our critical-care product line is a testament to the flexibility offered by the GEM Premier 4000 analyzer," said Brian Durkin, director of sales and national accounts at IL. "This instrument is far more than a blood gas analyzer, and we look forward to adding an even broader spectrum of testing to the GEM Premier 4000 in the future."

IL says the GEM Premier 4000 features integrated CO-Oximetry that quickly provides lab-quality results throughout the hospital. Self-contained cartridges incorporate all components for patient testing and are maintenance-free. Onboard Intelligent Quality Management (iQM) automates quality control and continuously detects, corrects and documents to assure quality results and compliance, 24/7, regardless of operator or testing location.

IL says that iQM, coupled with its cartridge-based technology, allows the GEM Premier analyzers to be used throughout the hospital, at the point of care and in the lab.

IL manufactures in vitro diagnostic instruments, related reagents and controls for use primarily in hospitals and independent clinical laboratories.