Centralised QC Data Management Platform
Busy laboratories are not uncommon, in fact, many laboratories are expanding and their workload is increasing as a result. In labs like this, time is limited therefore ease of use and accessibility are valuable traits when it comes to the technology used to monitor daily QC activities.
With this in mind, Randox Quality Control are pleased to announce the launch of a new centralised platform for the management of both daily QC activities and calibration verification.
Convenience is key and that is what we have aimed for with the launch of this new platform. With laboratory professionals at the front of our minds, the platform delivers access to QC data at the click of a button ensuring the review process is as simple as possible.
What is available on the new QC platform?
With the new QC platform users have access to both;
- Acusera 24.7 Live Online for interlaboratory data management
- and, Acusera Verify for calibration verification
By encompassing these two programs onto one easy to use platform, laboratories can save precious time allowing them to focus on other important tasks with the reassurance that their data is easily accessible.
Keep your instrument in check with Acusera Verify
Designed with convenience in mind the Acusera Verify range of linearity sets will help you to easily meet CLIA requirements for calibration verification. The availability of instrument dedicated, liquid ready-to-use materials covering a wide range of cardiac markers, specific proteins and therapeutic drugs enables specific instrument requirements to be met, while challenging the complete reportable range. Complimentary data reduction software is provided with all linearity sets delivering access to:
- Easy-to-interpret charts for at-a-glance performance assessment
- Unique traffic light system indicating pass or fail
- Automatically generated statistics
- Peer group data updated live in real-time
Stress free QC analysis with Acusera 24.7
Acusera 24.7 Live Online is an interlaboratory data management package complementing our Acusera range of true third party controls. With the recent launch of version 2.0, the software is smarter, faster and more powerful than ever before.
Designed to help laboratories efficiently review QC data from all of their laboratory instruments, the software generates a wide range of charts and reports enabling quick & easy identification of QC failures and emerging trends. Unique access to peer group data updated instantly in real-time facilitates comparative performance assessment and helps speed up the troubleshooting process, easily identifying if a problem is unique to your lab or a widespread issue.
From April 23rd to April 29th we are celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week! This is a week dedicated to raising awareness for those who work in a laboratory & the hard work that goes unnoticed every day in laboratories around the world.
Have you ever wondered what happens between submitting your patient sample and receiving your results? Have you ever wondered who conducts the detailed laboratory testing for your annual check-up such as cholesterol and glucose levels? Or who analyses these results? The answer, a Medical Laboratory Professional (MLP). MLP’s provide up to 70% of the medical laboratory results for physicians and others to make informed decisions about a patient’s diagnosis and aftercare treatment plan. The work that laboratory professionals do each and every day is integral to providing excellent patient care. They perform and interpret billions of laboratory tests every year.
Providing accurate and reliable test results is of the utmost importance for laboratory professionals and also for us at Randox. With a passion for Quality Control, and with more than 30 years’ experience developing Laboratory QC for the in vitro diagnostics market, we believe in producing high quality material designed to streamline procedures, whilst reducing costs in laboratories of all sizes and budgets. These qualities have been reflected in our Acusera true third party quality controls, Acusera 24.7 interlaboratory data management software, Acusera Verify Calibration Verification material and RIQAS, the largest international EQA scheme.
Randox Quality Control would like to take this opportunity to thank all the laboratory professionals around the world and especially our own laboratory staff – you truly are the “Unsung Heroes of Healthcare”.
What is Calibration Verification or Linearity?
Calibration Verification, or Linearity assessment, is becoming a fundamental element for laboratories in the USA who have access to instrumentation used in the running of patient samples.
Linearity is the ability to provide results that are directly proportional to the concentration of the analyte in the test sample. CLIA defines this as the assaying of materials of known concentrations in the same manner as a patient sample to verify the instruments linearity throughout the reportable range. By performing calibration verification a lab is assessing if their test system’s calibration is still valid and if their chosen method is linear across the full reportable range, it will also supplement their existing QC and EQA/PT by challenging a larger segment of the AMR (Analytical Measuring Range). According to CLIA, a laboratory should perform, and document, calibration verification procedures at least once every 6 months or whenever one of a number of other factors occur, for example, a complete change of reagents, major preventative maintenance or replacement of parts, new instrument validation or when their control material is highlighting unusual shifts or trends in performance.
It is commonplace for laboratories to confuse calibration verification and reportable range, so much so, that advice and guidance is continually being asked for by laboratories. In short, reportable range is one of the first characteristics that should be used as an evaluation tool whereas calibration verification should be viewed as a continual performance check.
How it works
Aside from carrying out testing twice per year, CLIA also recommend that a minimum of 3 levels are tested (although most laboratories prefer to test 5) covering the low end, mid-point and high end of the instruments reportable range. Labs should run at least 2 replicates of each level in the same way they would a patient or control sample. The results are then plotted against the target values provided, if the results obtained are within the pre-established limits then the performance is considered acceptable. The degree to which the plotted curve conforms to a straight line is a measure of system linearity.
In many cases, data reduction software is provided with the product and this can be used to automatically plot results. This software is also capable of comparing results to peer group data for troubleshooting purposes.
Our Acusera Linearity Sets and Verify data reduction software will provide laboratories the chance to test low, medium and high ranges on their instrumentation – in doing so, labs will keep in line with CLIA recommended bi-annual testing as well as ensuring their instrumentation is performing well across the full reportable range.
Designed with convenience in mind, our sets cover a wide range of clinical testing including; Cardiac Markers, Therapeutic Drugs and Specific Proteins in a liquid ready-to-use format. The varying levels and combination of unique analytes enables laboratories to consolidate testing and reduce the number of individual products required.
Complementing our Linearity sets is our data reduction software, Acusera Verify. When used in conjunction with our sets you can effectively challenge your instrument across the full reportable range while ensuring accurate and reliable patient testing. Some features of our software include easy to interpret charts for at-a-glance performance, access to real-time peer group data to enhance troubleshooting and an intuitive user interface for simple data entry.
Randox Quality Control are pleased to announce, as part of our ongoing growth and development, the launch of our new Acusera Calibration Verification range for Beckman and Roche Cobas instruments.
The new linearity sets cover a wide range of clinical testing including; cardiac markers, therapeutic drugs and proteins. Designed with convenience in mind, the new range will ultimately help laboratories to meet CLIA requirements for calibration verification and the assessment of linearity. All products are supplied liquid ready-to-use, in varying levels and are available in multiple configurations to meet the specific needs of individual analysers while challenging the instrument’s complete reportable range. Our unique combination of analytes will also enable laboratories to reduce the number of individual products they require resulting in significant cost and time savings.
Complementing the new linearity sets is the Acusera Verify Data Reduction Software. Easily accessed online, the software provides instant access to automatically generated charts, statistics and real-time peer group data.