The quality and reliability of four desk top analysers were evaluated. In the context of an outpatient clinic, intensive care unit, and a mock up of a physician's office. Seventeen nurses, 14 physicians, and 12 medical office personnel took part in the study. The instruments and tests evaluated were Reflotron (glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, gamma-glutamyl transferase), Seralyzer (creatinine, glucose, potassium, aspartate aminotransferase), Vision (glucose, (creatinine, glucose, potassium, aspartate aminotransferase), Vision (glucose, urea, cholesterol, triglycerides alkaline phosphatase, uric acid), and DT60 (sodium, potassium, glucose, amylase, uric acid and creatinine). Of the 320 tests performed on the Vision, only two differed by more than 10% between the specialist staff and other groups. For those performed on the Seralyzer, 95 of 254 results differed by more than 10%, 19 of 199 by more than 10% for the Reflotron, and 50 of 318 by more than 10% for the DT60. In general, the nurses were more adept at using the analysers than the physicians and medical office personnel.