Table 5

 Projected costs of resources for annual haemoglobin workload (6161 tests) in Ntcheu District Hospital using different methods (in 2001 US$)

Haemoglobin colour scale (%)Lovibond (%)DHT meter (%)WBA colorimeter (%)Jenway colorimeter (%)HCN (%)HemoCue (%)
*Staff costs include the time taken to perform 6161 tests for each method; the cost of the time taken to calibrate machines was negligible; †the costs included in supplies are those associated with performing a test, the control test, and the material necessary for calibration.
HCN, haemiglobincyanide.
Staff*202.8 (27.0)338.0 (36.0)338.0 (27.5)1013.9 (46.7)1013.9 (46.4)1013.9 (28.8)338.0 (7.3)
Supplies†549.6 (73.0)472.3 (50.3)472.3 (38.4)657.0 (30.3)657.0 (30.1)1587.1 (45.2)3990.1 (86.0)
Equipment0 (0)129.1 (13.7)183.3 (14.9)264.7 (12.2)278.6 (12.7)677.3 (19.3)74.1 (1.6)
Overheads0 (0)0 (0)236.1 (19.2)236.1 (10.9)236.1 (10.8)236.1 (6.7)236.1 (5.1)
Total752.4939.41229.72171.72185.63514.44638.3
Cost/test0.120.150.200.350.350.570.75