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Haemoglobin measurement: the reliability of some simple techniques for use in a primary health care setting.

Authors
  • van Lerberghe, W
  • Keegels, G
  • Cornelis, G
  • Ancona, C
  • Mangelschots, E
  • van Balen, H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
Publisher
WHO Press
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1983
Volume
61
Issue
6
Pages
957–965
Identifiers
PMID: 6609012
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The reliability of five simple techniques for the estimation of blood haemoglobin levels was studied under laboratory conditions. The methods tested were the Sahli technique, the Tallqvist method, and the Lovibond comparator with undiluted blood, blood diluted in Drabkin solution, and blood diluted in modified Drabkin solution. The Lovibond comparator technique using undiluted blood was satisfactory in terms of precision and accuracy, and seems suitable for the monitoring of individual patients and for screening for anaemia. The other techniques were less reliable.A detailed procedure was worked out for estimation of the number of screening errors that can be expected with each of these techniques in any epidemiological situation.

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