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Test Directory - Ketones (POCT)

POCT Equipment

Abbott Xceed Pro Meter

Clinical Indications

Blood ketone measurement may be used for monitoring management of diabetic ketoacidosis.

Sample Type

Capillary whole blood (e.g. fingerprick) or heparinised venous whole blood.

Sample Container

None required for finger-prick samples.

Sample Volume

1.5 uL

Sample Handling

Samples must be analysed immediately.

Special Precautions

It is vital not to confuse blue glucose strips with purple ketone strips when using the Abbott Xceed Pro Meter.

Turnaround Time

A result is produced in 10 seconds.

Reference Range

<0.3 mmol/L


Blood ketone results could be mistaken for blood glucose result if care is not taken.

Not suitable for use in paediatrics.

Not suitable for use with arterial whole blood.

Use of alcohol wipes interferes with the analysis.

The acceptable haematocrit range is 30 60%.

Time Limit for Additional Tests

Finger-prick samples can only be used once.

If the test result is questionable or if clinical signs and symptoms appear inconsistent with the test result, re-test with a fresh sample.


The test should only be carried out by a trained member of staff

Hospital Procedure (SOP)

Standard Operating Procedure for Blood Ketones Measurement using the Abbott Xceed Pro Meter

Last edited 16/04/14