STA software 3: Calibration and Control

Part 3 of the introduction to the STA Compact software, covering the calibration and control menu. See also: parts 1, 2, 4, and 5.

A Transcription of STA Software 3-Calibration and Control

The next series of applications we want to discuss are calibration and controls. So, we'll highlight them from our main menu, (Demonstrates drop down menu :14) press 'Enter', select 'Calibration', (Screen change, :17) and the list of all the tests that can be performed in your analyzer will be displayed on this screen.

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Tests with white boxes you are ready to run samples, assuming the QC requirements are completed.

Any calibration appearing with a white box to the left would have been calibrated and confirmed. Any calibration waiting to be confirmed will appear in blue. Any calibration currently requested and not yet completed will appear with a yellow box. Any test not calibrated or beyond their expiration will appear in red. Any calibration appearing with a white box to the left would have been calibrated and confirmed. Any calibration waiting to be confirmed will appear in blue. Any calibration currently requested and not yet completed will appear with a yellow box. Any test not calibrated or beyond their expiration will appear in red.

If you highlight 'Calibration' and press 'Enter', (Screen change, 1:26) the calibration type, the control values, the date run, and the individual test point information will be displayed. If you press 'Escape', (Pop-up displayed, 1:38) you can rerun the control, print the control, (Screen change, 1:44) and select 'Information' to determine what lot number and products were used to run and verify the calibration, and what products were used in order to run the calibration. (Screen change, 1:55) In order to run a calibration, all you need to do is highlight the test, the calibration parameter that
you wish to run.

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You can select multiple tests to be calibrated at the same time.

Press F1, then F10 to validate, then F10 again to save. (Pop-up displayed, 2:18) Type in your password. Enter. You will see that the test request went from red to yellow. (Narrator points to highlighted area on screen, 2:30)

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Tests will stay in yellow until the required reagents are loaded.

Now, when you exit the calibration screen, the instrument will process that information, update your test data screen, and prompt you to load those reagents necessary to complete the test onto the instrument.

(Screen change, 2:49) (Narrator points to information on right side of the screen, 2:52) You will see that now the AT3 test will now be posted on your test status screen. Calibration is running. QC has not been run, and this shows up as not done. (Narrator points to information of left side of the screen, 3:02) The reagents required to perform the test will also now be appearing on the instrument. (Pop­-up displayed, 3:11)

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(Y=Yes and N=No) Allows you to run tests that are calibrated, or wait for the new requested calibrations to run.

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The next function we want to talk about is our quality control screen. So, we'll highlight 'Quality control' and press 'Enter'.(Demonstrates drop down menu, 3:24) (Screen change, 3:26) Again, all the tests will now be indicated on the instrument.

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Tests with white boxes are ready to run samples because QC is current and in range.

Any quality control that has been run and confirmed will appear in white. (Narrator points to color key on bottom of the screen, 3:42) Any test that has been run but has yet to be confirmed will appear with a blue box. Any QC that is currently running will appear in yellow. Any QC that has not been performed will appear with a red box. To look at the QC test points for any specific test, just highlight the test, and press 'Enter' to view.(Screen change, 4:04) (Narrator points to different areas on the screen, 4:20) This graph will represent the accumulated daily, monthly, and lot specific information appear on the screen.

If you want to see the individual role values for any particular QC, press 1, F1.

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Hitting “Esc” key here pulls down a menu to cancel QC. Need to do all levels.

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Then, the individual test point result will be displayed. The current day will be listed in the upper box, upper quadrant. The individual test points will appear, along with the times they were run. The min and the max range for that specific QC value appears in the upper right-hand corner. The daily mean, the average of all the tests run in that particular day, also appears in that upper right-hand quadrant.

At the end of the day, all the QC test points are averaged together and plotted on your daily means. Again, your daily mean value, along with its delta and coefficient variant, will also appear on the right-hand side of the screen. At the end of 30 days, accumulative value will be stored at the bottom of the screen, again with your coefficient variant and your delta and your mean. (Screen change, 5:46) If you hit 'Escape' to go back to your Levy Jennings chart, and you hit F2, your second level of control will now appear. (Screen change, 5:53)

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Hitting F1 will bring the daily, monthly, and annual accumulative totals will also appear. If you want to suppress a specific test result, you can select F4, (Pop-up displayed, 6:20) type in your password, and you can now delete, insert, save, or abandon by pressing 'Escape'.(Screen change, 6:30) That function. To print this screen, all you need to do is hit F6. It'll generate a printout of this page to your local printer. By pressing F11, you can retransmit the current controls to your LIS.