Streamlines viral infection testing for transplant patients
Qiagen, Hilden, Germany, has received FDA premarket approval for its automated Artus CMV QS-RGQ MDx kit for use on the company’s QiaSymphony platform, providing fast, reproducible test results for use as an aid in the management of solid organ transplant patients who are undergoing anti-cytomegalovirus (CMV) therapy. The CMV kit, which processes human plasma samples, offers ease of use and flexibility. Laboratories with higher sample volumes may benefit from faster, higher-throughput processing, while lower-volume labs that send out all or part of current CMV testing have an opportunity to bring testing into their own laboratories in a cost-efficient and scalable manner.
(800) 426-8157; www.qiagen.com
Automated Cell Counter for CSF
Provides accurate low cell counts
The GloCyte automated cell counter system from Advanced Instruments Inc, Norwood, Mass, is intended to provide a quantitative determination of red blood cells and total nucleated cells in cerebrospinal fluid collected from adult and pediatric patients. The test requires only 30 mL of sample per test and provides timely results. It uses disposable test cartridges, ensuring no sample carryover and easy disposal, and it includes built-in quality control of Levey-Jennings charts and an audit table.
(800) 225-4034; www.aicompanies.com
Blood Bank Refrigerator Series
Meets EPA Energy Star standards
Blood bank refrigerators from Helmer Scientific, Noblesville, Ind, have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as meeting new Energy Star standards. Models for the laboratory and pharmacy have also been certified. The EPA recently finalized the first Energy Star specifications for laboratory refrigerators to help facilities identify products that can reduce energy utilization and lifetime costs related to this critical category of equipment. This new standard identifies efficient laboratory refrigerators that are commonly used across hospitals, clinics, and research institutions to store life-saving blood products, reagents, patient samples, and medications and vaccines.
(800) 743-5637; www.helmerinc.com
Produces results directly from EDTA tubes
Streck, Omaha, Neb, is the exclusive distributor of the Diesse Cube 30 Touch in the United States and Canada. The Cube 30 Touch is an automated instrument for erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) testing directly from ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid tubes without consuming the patient sample. The device features an internal mixing function that automatically prepares up to 30 samples per batch with random access capability to add samples as space allows. An integrated printer and barcode scanner eliminate the need for additional accessories.
(800) 843-0912; www.streck.com
Immunoassay POC system
Aids in identifying sepsis
Abionic, Lausanne, Switzerland, developed the AbioScope, a rapid immunoassay point-of-care system that brings blood tests directly to clinicians. Thanks to a novel technology using nanofluidics, the AbioScope’s disposable test cartridges allow the quantification of biomarkers present at picomolar concentrations in blood. Abionic developed a test to quantify in 5 minutes the pancreatic-stone protein (PSP), a novel biomarker that aids clinicians in identifying sepsis patients from a drop of whole blood, serum, or plasma. The PSP test is CE marked and is being further evaluated in clinical studies.
Blood Bank Refrigerators
Support sustainability objectives
Thermo Scientific TSX series blood bank refrigerators from Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, Mass, are Energy Star certified and designed to support sample protection and sustainability objectives for the storage of whole blood and blood components. The series’ V-drive technology helps to ensure temperature uniformity that adapts to user patterns, with an aim to provide significant energy savings without compromising protection.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
(800) 556-2323; www.thermofisher.com
Reports on 29 parameters
The Alinity hq analyzer for hematology from Abbott, Abbott Park, Ill, is now CE marked and available in Europe and other countries that recognize the CE mark. The analyzer is the first in the Alinity hematology series of instruments to be commercially released, and is part of the planned integrated hematology system designed to address the productivity needs of the high-volume laboratory. The analyzer automates the performance of hematology tests and reports on 29 different parameters within a matter of minutes. It features advanced optical technology combined with robust algorithms to handle normal and pathological samples. The scalable, modular design can be customized to better serve a broad spectrum of laboratories.
(224) 667-6100; www.abbott.com
On-Demand HIT Assay
Delivers results in minutes
The Hemosil HIT-Ab(PF4-H) assay from Instrumentation Laboratory, Bedford, Mass, is a fully automated, on-demand assay for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) designed for use on the company’s ACL Top family of hemostasis testing systems. The assay detects antibodies associated with HIT, a severe immunologic adverse reaction to a heparin complex that paradoxically causes blood clots to form, leading to venous or arterial thrombosis. The liquid, ready-to-use immunoassay delivers results in minutes, allowing clinicians to make timely, well-informed therapeutic decisions, essential in critical scenarios.
(781) 861-0710; www.instrumentationlaboratory.com
Automated Hematology Analyzers
Enables enhanced anemia management
The XN-L series of automated hematology analyzers from Sysmex, Kobe, Japan, is designed for laboratories with lower volumes. The portfolio offers standardization of technology and results for continuity of patient care across an entire healthcare delivery network. The analyzers assist clinicians in the assessment of inflammation and infection, and a six-part differential with reportable immature granulocytes is included on every sample. The series also enables enhanced anemia management with complete reticulocyte testing, including immature reticulocyte fraction and reticulocyte hemoglobin. The analyzers provide direct measurement of body fluids, including a two-part differential for efficient and timely results.
(888) 879-7639; www.sysmex.com
Automated Blood Analyzer
Suited for high-volume transfusion medicine laboratories
The Ortho Vision Max from Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, Raritan, NJ, is a fully automated blood analyzer for high-volume transfusion medicine laboratories. Ortho Vision Max was developed for labs conducting more than 50 types and screens per day, and it also supports such complex immunohematology testing as serial dilutions for titration studies, reflex tests, and selected cell antibody identification. Taking advantage of the system’s flexibility and responsiveness, transfusion medicine departments may process routine samples and stat orders as they are received, rather than waiting for a complete batch before running the instrument.
Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
(800) 828-6316; www.orthoclinical.com