How about salad with your FBC?

A CHEAP kitchen tool could come to the rescue of doctors battling to diagnose anaemia in isolated or low resource areas of the world, say researchers who have built a hand-powered centrifuge.

The device, built from a commercially available salad spinner, was used to determine haematocrit values, and results were compared with those of a benchtop centrifuge.

With constant manual pumping, the spinner basket rotated an average 600 revolutions per minute. The packed cell volume measured with the spinner device correlated linearly with results from the benchtop centrifuge, they reported.

The simple centrifuge “has the potential to become an applicable tool to improve the diagnosis of anaemia and related illnesses within the constraints of low resource settings”, the authors of the study said.

Currently many cases of anaemia remain undetected because health systems cannot support basic diagnostic laboratory facilities to measure