Laboratory Quality Control – Acusera
Acusera true third party quality controls offer complete test menu consolidation for laboratory Internal Quality Control.
Providing accurate and reliable sample material and delivering results you can trust.
Key Benefits of Acusera
Acusera Internal Quality Control Range
With over 390 parameters, choice and flexibility is guaranteed.
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What Are The Benefits of Third Party Controls?
Acusera Controls Brochure
Importance of Third Party QC
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During December, we aim to highlight how the Randox product portfolio can be used for accurate diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes, with a focus on the Randox Reagents diabetes panel which offers a total of 12 assays for accurate and reliable diabetes testing.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death worldwide and it is estimated by WHO (World Health Organisation) that 2.2 million additional deaths are being caused by the condition each year. The number of people with the condition has being growing rapidly in the last 30 years, the International Diabetes Federation predicts that approximately 438 million people will have diabetes by 2030. Early diagnosis and constant monitoring of diabetes is essential in order to manage the condition, as diabetes can lead to other health problems such as heart disease, kidney damage or failure, nerve damage and even blindness.
Randox knows that this condition cannot be ignored as each year it is increasingly becoming a burden on the health service. Randox Reagents are committed to advancing diabetes related testing and offer an extensive range of high quality reagents: from diabetes diagnosis, to the monitoring of diabetes-related complications, the Randox Reagents diabetes testing panel covers the full spectrum of clinical testing requirements.
Reagents Diabetes Testing Assays
To aid with the growing concern of diabetes, Randox Reagents offer a comprehensive range of 12 assays within their diabetes testing panel including assays for the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes which includes fructosamine, glucose and HbA1c and also those which monitor diabetes-related complications such as adiponectin, cystatin c, microalbumin and NEFA. The Randox diabetes reagents offer a range liquid ready-to-use and lyophilised formats for increased efficiency, applications are also available for a wide range of biochemistry analysers.
RX series Direct HbA1c Testing Capabilities
Renowned for quality and reliability the RX series range of clinical chemistry analysers boasts a world leading test menu with an extensive range of high performing and unique assays available. In addition to NEFA, D-3-Hydroxybutyrate (Ranbut) and Fructosamine the RX series welcomes Direct HbA1c testing on the RX Daytona +, RX imola and RX modena. The latex enhanced immunoturbidimetric method improves laboratory performance and time, highly improving accuracy and precision by revolutionising your diabetes testing capabilities.
Designed for use in the Quality Control of both HbA1c and Total Haemoglobin assays, our Acusera HbA1c controls are an ideal match for laboratories running these parameters and POCT testing. Available in liquid ready-to-use or lyophilised formats, these controls offer attractive stability and flexibility for labs and healthcare practices of any size. Manufactured using human whole blood which ensures commutability, our controls directly mimic the performance of real patient samples helping deliver reliable results.
RIQAS Glycated Haemoglobin Programme
Designed to monitor the performance of HbA1c, our RIQAS glycated haemoglobin EQA program is suitable for both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis. As the largest EQA scheme in the world, access to large peer groups is guaranteed. Additional benefits include; monthly analysis, user-friendly reports allowing at-a-glance performance assessment, ability to register up to five instruments per programme and cost savings via our unrivalled consolidation.
Many people talk about their metabolism as if it is a muscle or organ they can somehow control. In reality, your metabolism refers to a series of chemical processes in each cell that turn the calories you eat into fuel to keep you alive.
Metabolism is the biochemical process of combining nutrients with oxygen to release the energy our bodies need to function. Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the number of calories your body burns to maintain vital body functions such as heart rate, brain function and breathing. RMR accounts for up to 75 percent of the calories you burn each day. Knowledge of your individual RMR is a critical piece of information to appropriately establish daily calorie needs.
The body’s major organs — the brain, liver, kidneys, and heart — account for about half of the energy burned at rest, while fat, the digestive system, and especially the body’s muscles account for the rest.
Did you know?
Approximately 20-25% of the world’s adult population have metabolic syndrome?
A common misconception surrounding metabolic health is that it refers solely to your weight, and if you are overweight you are considered to be unhealthy. But in actual fact this may not be entirely true. Good metabolism means that your body is in good overall health, which doesn’t account for just your weight! Common metabolic disorders include genetic metabolic disorders, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Understanding and testing to see how well your metabolism is functioning is key to ensuring long lasting health.
There are a number of genetic metabolic disorders caused by mutations of single genes. Examples of common disordersinclude Gaucher’s disease, hemochromatosis and cystic fibrosis. Gaucher’s disease is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s ability to break down fat that can accumulate in the liver/spleen and bone marrow. Hemochromatosis is a condition that is caused by the over-absorption and build-up of iron while cystic fibrosis is a metabolic disorder that appears as a result of a build-up of mucus in lungs/liver and intestines. Each of these metabolic disorders affect certain organs from functioning properly and therefore your overall healthiness.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common types of metabolic disorders in the world that is expected to affect 592 million people by 2035. It is characterised by high blood sugar, insulin resistance or a lack of insulin being produced by the pancreas. Insulin resistance occurs when the body isn’t able to use insulin the right way which increases blood glucose levels. Insulin is needed for cells to take in glucose (sugar) from the bloodstream and convert it into energy. Over time this lack of insulin can damage the organs in your body.
Metabolic syndrome (also known as syndrome X, Reaven’s syndrome, and CHAOS) is not a disease but a collection of risk factors that affect your health; these include high blood pressure, high blood sugar/cholesterol and abdominal fat. Left untreated, these risk factors, together, can lead to long term serious problems including an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and developing type 2 diabetes.
Can you improve your metabolic health?
Yes! The good news is that if you discover that your metabolic health is not up to scratch you can improve it through a combination of diet, exercise and lifestyle adjustments such as:
- 30 minutes of moderate to intense exercise 5-7 times a week
- Low-dose aspirin to reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack
- Quit smoking
- Medication for blood pressure/cholesterol/ blood sugar
- Limit alcohol intake
- Eat a healthy balanced diet
Randox has developed the RX series of clinical chemistry analysers for superior semi-automated and fully automated testing. The RX series extensive dedicated test menu goes beyond routine testing and has many unique and high-performance tests available. Our range of tests covers several parameters to assess your overall metabolic health.
Metabolic Health Profile
|Alkaline Phosphatase||C02 Total||Sodium|
|AST (GOT)||Glucose||Total Protein|
The RX series clinical chemistry analysers provide laboratories with a robust and smart solution ensuring you maintain a consistent workflow and can provide accurate results first time, every time. Offering excellent customer support services, our trained engineers are on hand to work with you in preserving the continuity of your operations while maximising the potential of your RX series instrument.Our world-famous test menu of high quality reagents ensures excellence in patient care, guaranteeing unrivalled precision and accuracy reducing costly test re-runs or misdiagnosis and offering complete confidence in results.
For more information visit: https://www.randox.com/clinical-chemistry-analysers/
Packages for Customisation
Acusera 24.7 now boasts even more customisation with the introduction of three distinct packages; Platinum, Gold & Silver.
The Acusera 24.7 software is an interlaboratory data management and peer group reporting package complementing the Acusera range of true third party quality controls. Designed to assist in the management of daily QC activities by providing access to an impressive range of features, including interactive charts and real-time peer group data, Acusera 24.7 Live Online will improve error detection, reduce false rejections, ensure accurate patient results, and help you meet regulatory requirements, such as ISO 15189.
The introduction of the new Acusera 24.7 packages ensures a solution to suit laboratories of all sizes and budgets. All three membership packages give our users access to the world-renowned Acusera 24.7 global peer group, but users now have the flexibility to choose whether they require access to additional features to help revolutionise their QC strategy.
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|Automatic calculation of Inter-Precision, Sigma Scores, Uncertainty of Measurement and Expanded Uncertainty||✔||❌||❌|
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Learn More About Acusera 24.7 Packages
To learn more about Acusera 24.7 you can visit the webpage, download the brochure or contact us using the form below.
Is Point-of-Care Testing QC needed?
In the past QC for Point-of-Care testing (POCT) has been considered to be unnecessary. However, research carried out by the Ontario Laboratory Accreditation Body has found that POCT is the largest source of error in the hospital.
What is POCT?
POCT is typically carried out at the patient’s bedside in hospital departments such as; the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, as well as a Polyclinic, GP Office or Outpatient Clinic. As a result, when selecting appropriate IQC material for POCT there are a number of key characteristics you must consider.
The Randox Acusera range of Quality Controls offer many advantages to laboratories who rely on Point-of-Care testing. The following characteristics outline how our Acusera controls, including, Blood Gas, Liquid Cardiac, Liquid HbA1c and Liquid Urine, are ideal for use in POCT;
- Format of the material – These controls are presented in a liquid ready-to-use format, therefore requiring no preparation.
- Value assignment – all values are accurately assigned using data from thousands of independent labs, saving you valuable time.
- Third party controls – all Randox Acusera Quality Controls are manufactured independently from any specific instrument or method
- Storage – these controls are in a liquid ready-to-use format, as such these can be easily shipped and stored.
- Stability – With the exception of our Blood Gas control, all Randox Acusera controls suitable for use in POCT have a 30 day open vial stability.
A white paper outlining the importance of Quality Control in Point-of-Care Testing has been published and is now available for Download. For further information on POCT and Randox QC please email email@example.com.
Randox Quality Control aim to deliver the complete QC package and with our portfolio we believe we have something to offer every laboratory regardless of their size or budget.
The Randox Quality Control portfolio includes;
- Acusera true third party Quality Control’s
- Acusera 24.7 Live Online, Interlaboratory Data Management Software
- RIQAS, the world’s largest international EQA scheme
- and, Acusera Verify, dedicated calibration verifiers
Designed to streamline QC in even the most demanding laboratories our complete QC solutions will save precious time and money through consolidation, ease-of-use and high quality products.
With accurate and reliable testing at the top of a laboratory’s priority list, we at Randox Quality Control strive to put you at the top of ours.
Request your FREE QC consultation
Randox Quality Control’s specialist QC consultants can provide your laboratory with a FREE consultation to demonstrate how we can help you streamline your laboratory, meet regulatory requirements and save time and money.
Simply fill out the form below to request your consultation today.
Randox Laboratories oferuje kompleksowe rozwiązania w zakresie testów lipidowych i kardiologicznych. Wysokiej wydajności odczynniki do wykrywania standardowych czynników ryzyka i odczynniki wskazujące biomarkery, powiązane z podwyższonym ryzykiem w połączeniu z ofertą kontroli jakości obejmującą szeroki zakres markerów kardiologicznych oraz lipidów na istotnym klinicznie poziomie, co tworzy zróżnicowany produkt, który spełnia wymagania każdego laboratorium.
Odczynniki firmy Randox do testów kardiologicznych i lipidowych
W obliczu potrzeby prowadzenia bardziej rozbudowanej analizy profilu lipidowego, w celu dokładniejszej oceny ryzyka zapadalności na choroby układu krążenia, zarówno w przypadku najczęściej ocenianych jak i mniej popularnych czynników ryzyka, pojawiło się zapotrzebowanie na narzędzia umożliwiające identyfikację oraz redukcję ryzyka. Firma Randox oferuje złożony produkt, którego profil kardiologiczny obejmuje zarówno wysokoprzepustowe odczynniki służące detekcji najczęściej testowanych czynników ryzyka jak i odczynniki do badania biomarkerów związanych z oceną późniejszej zapadalności na chorobę.
|Monitorowanie oceny ryzyka|
|Cholesterol HDL||Apolipoproteina C-II|
|Cholesterol LDL||Apolipoproteina C-III|
|Cholesterol całkowity||Apolipoproteina E|
|Niskocząsteczkowy cholesterol sLDL||sPLA2-IIA|
|Apolipoproteina A-I||Wysokoczuły CRP|
|Diagnoza zawału mieśnia sercowego|
|Typ sercowy białka wiążącego kwasy tłuszczowe (H-FABP)||Mioglobina|
Kontrola jakości Acusera do lipidów
Kontrola jakości Acusera do lipidów jest wytwarzana w 100% z ludzkiej surowicy w celu zapewnienia, najbardziej zbliżonego materiału do próbek pacjentów. Jak wszystkie nasze kontrole lipidowe są liofilizowane, nie zawierają one żadnych stabilizatorów ani konserwantów, które mogą mieć wpływ na ogólną wydajność kontroli. Kontrole Lipidowe, wieloparameterowe, odpowiednio skonsolidowane mają czteroletni okres trwałości materiału od daty produkcji co gwarantuje optymalizację kosztów w laboratorium.
Płynna kontrola lipidowa Acusera
Złożona kontrola zaprojektowana do stosowania w rutynowym monitorowaniu dokładności i precyzji. Wartości mianowane i zakresy przypisane są do poszczególnych analizatorów (biochemicznych, immunologicznych i POCT) dla 8 markerów kardiologicznych.
Wygodna forma płynna kontroli, gotowa do użycia od razu skraca czas przygotowywania a stabilność próbki 30 dni po otwarciu dla wszystkich parametrów minimalizuje ilość odpadów oraz redukuje koszty. Dostępne są 3 poziomy kontroli pokrywające cały zakres badań, co pozwala ma wiarygodną ocenę wydajności oraz podejmowanie właściwych decyzji.
W celu uzyskania dalszych informacji na temat zakresu testów kontroli lipidowych zapraszamy na stronę https://www.randox.com/liquid-cardiac-quality-control/ lub prosimy o kontakt pod adresem firstname.lastname@example.org
- How do I register for RIQAS?
Complete the RIQAS method questionnaire and enrolment document for the programmes you wish to participate in. RIQAS will then issue you with a unique laboratory reference number. The enrolment document should be returned to RIQAS before the start of the cycle. These documents can be easily downloaded from the RIQAS website. Simply click on the programme of interest and download the relevant documentation.
- What if my current method is not listed in the method questionnaire or enrolment document?
Use the method questionnaire to help you complete the registration of methods section on the enrolment document. If a code is not available for your method/assay please state the details of your method clearly in the appropriate section at the end of the enrolment document.
- How do I enter my EQA results?
Participants may conveniently enter their results online via RIQAS.Net. Alternatively results can be entered via the manual return sheet and submitted by fax or post before the final submission deadline.
- How do I know when to submit my EQA results?
Each RIQAS pack will contain a multi-lingual product insert containing instructions for use. The product insert also highlights the recommended date of analysis and more importantly the final date by which the results must reach Randox. The final date for submission of results can also be found on the RIQAS calendar. All results should reach RIQAS before 5pm GMT on the final submission date.
- How and when are RIQAS reports issued?
For most programmes reports are available within 72 hours of the final submission date (for RIQAS Serology Programmes, reports are sent via email within 7-10 days of the final submission date). The reports may be accessed online via RIQAS.Net or alternatively may be sent by email or post. Individual reports may be emailed to up to three addresses.
- Can I register multiple instruments for a single EQA programme?
Yes, laboratories can register up to five instruments per programme at no extra cost. Individual reports for each instrument plus a unique multi-instrument report are provided. The multi-instrument report allows for comparative performance assessment of each instrument. Additional sample packs may be ordered as required.
- What is the summary CSV file?
Laboratories can register to receive a CSV file containing a summary of their report statistics, acceptable limits and performance indicators for every sample. The file mirrors the information found on the quantitative report summary page but will also include the calculated SD and SDPA. If you wish to receive a summary CSV file, please indicate this by ticking the box on the enrolment document and include the email addresses to which the reports should be sent.
- Is RIQAS accredited to ISO/IEC 17043:2010?
Yes, in 2012 RIQAS celebrated gaining accreditation to ISO/IEC 17043:2010. This standard outlines general requirements for proficiency testing and demonstrates our commitment to quality whilst providing both participants and accrediting bodies with confidence in the schemes operation. Our accreditation to ISO/IEC 17043:2010 highlights the superior quality and excellence of RIQAS. **Please be aware that not all RIQAS programmes are accredited. Programmes marked with a “+” highlight the programmes not accredited.**
9. What if I don’t need all the parameters in a particular EQA programme?
Reduced parameter options are available for selected EQA programmes offering greater flexibility, whilst ensuring suitability for laboratories of all sizes and budgets.
10. How does the group reporting facility work?
The Group Reporting facility enables group co-ordinators to monitor the performance of satellite sites. Each individual laboratory in the group will receive an individual report, the group supervisor will receive a unique instrument group report comparing each laboratory’s performance within the group.
11. Will I receive a certification of participation?
Yes, RIQAS provides certificates as proof of EQA participation and performance for laboratory accreditation purposes. A complimentary certificate of participation for each RIQAS programme is available to participants at the end of each cycle, provided at least 50% of results have been returned. A certificate of performance is also supplied with the end-of-cycle report. Certificates will specify the cycle number, programme name and the LABORATORY / HOSPITAL NAME specified in the enrolment document.
12. Can you offer technical support and advice?
Unrivalled technical support is available through our team of RIQAS scientists and experts who are on hand to offer advice and to help you troubleshoot technical issues relating to our RIQAS programmes.
13. I have found a transcription error on my report. Can I submit the revised result?
Participants are permitted to submit corrected results up to 4 weeks after the final date of the sample. Although a new report will not be issued, results can be viewed on the charts of subsequent reports, showing “C” in place of the sample number. If a result is corrected and resubmitted to RIQAS before the final date for the current sample, it will be entered as a current result.
14. How do I notify a change of method if the cycle is already underway?
It is possible to change your units, method, instrument or reagent classification during a cycle. For participants using RIQAS.Net changes can be made in the method changes section of the data entry menu. Each RIQAS return sheet also has a section for method changes.
15. How do I add extra parameters to my registration?
Extra parameters can be added to a registration via RIQAS.Net using the method changes section on the data entry menu. A list of your registered laboratory reference numbers will appear on screen. Select the laboratory reference number for which you would like to add the assay details and select ‘Add Parameter’. A list of parameters you are not registered for will appear. Select the parameters you wish to add and complete the assay details. Parameters cannot be deleted on RIQAS.Net. If you wish to delete a parameter please contact RIQAS directly on email@example.com.
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”.
We’re looking forward to meeting you at CLMA Knowledgelab, booth #338!
Stop by our booth for your chance to check out our Acusera 24.7 Live Online version 2.0. It’s smarter, faster and more powerful than ever before, with unique access to live peer data, accelerating troubleshooting processes and pinpointing the cause of any QC failures. Additional features include the automatic calculation of Measurement Uncertainty & Sigma Metrics, comprehensive charts, bi-directional LIMS connectivity and a complete make-over of our dashboard. Don’t miss your opportunity to see this software live.
Our Randox Consultants will also be on hand to discuss our other products available, which will help you ensure your laboratory produces results you can trust.
Acusera true third party quality controls
As a world leading manufacturer of multi-analyte, true third party controls, thousands of laboratories rely on Randox to accurately assess test system performance and ultimately empower them with the confidence required to release patient test results. With more than 390 analytes available across the Acusera range we can uniquely reduce the number of individual controls required while simultaneously reducing costs, time and storage space. A choice of formats is available ensuring flexibility and suitability for laboratories of all sizes and budgets.
Acusera Calibration Verification
Our Acusera Linearity range has been specifically designed with convenience in mind, helping you to easily meet accreditation requirements. Our liquid ready-to-use verifiers are supplied in varying levels and are available in multiple configurations to meet the specific requirements of individual analysers while challenging the complete reportable range; ultimately ensuring accurate patient testing. All linearity sets are supplied with complimentary data reduction software, providing instant access to reports and real-time peer group data.