ESR pipettes, or Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate pipettes, are specialized instruments used in clinical laboratories for performing the ESR test. The ESR test is a simple blood test that measures how quickly red blood cells settle at the bottom of a vertical tube. The rate of sedimentation is a non-specific indicator of inflammation in the body.
In the context of ESR testing, the ESR pipette is typically a thin, vertical tube designed to hold a precise volume of blood. The blood sample is mixed with an anticoagulant and then placed in the ESR pipette. The rate at which the red blood cells settle over a specified period (usually one hour) is measured and reported as the Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate.
ESR pipettes are crucial for obtaining accurate and reproducible results in ESR tests, which are commonly used as a screening tool to help diagnose and monitor various inflammatory conditions and diseases. It’s important to follow standardized procedures and use calibrated equipment to ensure the reliability of ESR test results.
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