Epocal Inc, Ottawa, has received US Food and Drug Administration clearance to market its lactate test on the epoc® Blood Analysis System. Lactate measurements from the epoc system are used to evaluate acid-base status and for diagnosis and treatment of lactic acidosis—abnormally high acidity of the blood.

The addition of lactate to the epoc BGEM Test Card expands the point-of-care blood gas and electrolyte platform, which also includes in vitro diagnostic tests for pH, po2, pco2, Na, K, iCa, Hct, and Glu (plus calculated values).