Blood centrifuges are devices that are used to separate the different blood components like the platelet, plasma, and red blood cells. A blood centrifuge can also be used to measure hematocrit values. The hematocrit values it the percentage of red blood cells found in whole blood.
Whole blood samples are usually collected in a blood tube. The blood samples are loaded into the centrifuge’s chamber. It is spun at high speeds after. Generally, centrifuges are classified into different types based on their rotor design or intended use. Below are some of the different types of centrifuges:
- Benchtop centrifuge
- Large capacity
Blood centrifuges are considered extremely useful. Understanding and knowing how it works is important so you can make the most out of it.
How to Look After Your Centrifuge Machine
Ensure the blood centrifuge is looked after and maintained properly so it produces results that are reliable. To ensure the centrifuge is properly maintained, keep in mind the following:
- Problems with the centrifuge machine can be seen if you inspect them regularly. Check the parts for chemical stains or scratches. All those indicators of wear and tear should be addressed the soonest time possible.
- When using a centrifuge, watch for warning signs that something is not right. Ensure you stop the machine from operating immediately if it begins to grind, vibrate, or shake.
- It is important that everyone who uses the centrifuge knows how to operate it properly. Laboratory personnel should be taught how to set speeds, implement safety precautions, and balance samples.
Disinfection and cleaning are also important to ensure the long-term performance of the centrifuge. Using a soft cloth and a neutral cleaning solution, wipe and clean the following:
- Rotors (and the chambers)
- Touch screens
- Interior areas