STA software 1: System Status

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

A Transcription of STA Software 1: System Status

Hello. We're here to discuss the graphical user interface, or the system software that the customer will use for the compact. Primarily, the instrument will be displaying the test panel screen.

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The test panel screen is the main screen of the unit.

On the test panel screen, any of your samples will be listed vertically on the ID, the position that the sample's located, and then any tests that are indicated for that particular sample will line up in a corresponding column for that identified test.

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Hitting the “Esc” key on the keyboard will bring up the DOS menu.

By pressing 'Escape', you will exit the test panel screen and go into the main menu screen. Main menu screen contains various applications for this system's overall performance and operation. Under 'System status', by pressing 'Enter', it'll bring down the drop down menus of the different functions within that system status operation.

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Hitting the “Enter” key brings down a dropdown menu, which shows you the function of the window.

You can navigate by either hitting the left/right arrows or by hitting the corresponding highlighted or shaded letter for that particular application. This is a DOS application with drop down menus, and you can highlight and select any of the options within the drop down menu. (Demonstrates dropdown menus, 1:43). If you hit the 'Escape' key or 'Enter', the drop down menu will appear, and each of the options will be displayed. Highlight the option that you wish to operate, (Screen change, 2:15) that particular functionality will appear. Under the 'System status' screen, this is the screen, typically, that you will run at least once per day, and quite often depending on your standard operating procedure, it could be done on a shift. This is a screen that is printable and displays the current system condition for temperatures, for volumes of your cuvettes and your wash solution, and also the life range for your Hamilton syringe and your halogen light source for your chromogenic tests. You can also manage and unmanage level of detection for each of the individual needles, if necessary.

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In general the “Esc” key can move you into the different programs and out of the different programs. (Hitting “Esc” 4 times usually brings you back to the main menu). By pressing the 'Escape' function, you bring down a drop down menu of the date, time, and level management applications. To change the particular date and time to reflect the date change, for instance, different time zone and/or leap year, you can go ahead by highlighting 'Date', pressing 'Enter'. The format that your date is currently being displayed will present itself. You need only go in, following the template, to make that date change. Same is true with time. Your time format will be displayed, and you need only type in the correct time format in order to reflect the time. So, to change your time for daylight savings time, currently all you would need to do would be to type in the hours. So, we're going from 11:49. We're going to advance forward in the Spring. Type in 12, hyphen, 49, and press 'Enter'. Then, the time change is then reflected on your application screen.

Also, to manage and un-manage your level detection, just highlight the function, press 'Enter', highlight the needle you want to modify, confirm, and you see that now needle number one's liquid level detection has been unmanaged. 'Escape' to quit. We're going to quit this application. We go back to our test panel screen. (Screen change, 5:23) So, we'll go back by hitting 'Escape' to bring down our main menu. Press 'Enter'. Then, we'll move to our next drop down application. (Screen change, 5:34)

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Products in red on the left tell you what reagents are missing or are needed to run the test on the right.

Now, on this screen, you can see that our available and margin cuvettes are displayed. If you focus in, you'll see that there are two different numbers here. Available are the number of cuvettes that are currently on the instrument. The margin is the remainder after any tests or calibrations are run will remain. So, if you are in the process of doing a large batch, and you see that your margin's going to run out in the middle of a batch, you'll be alerted to this. Same is true with your wash solution. Your available wash solution is the total volume, estimated volume, of wash solution. It's one board. Your marginal display, what will be on board upon completion of any tests and calibrations or controls that are currently remaining to be performed.

Any product appearing in red will either be expired or empty. Anything appearing in blue will also show the drawer that the product is loaded, and also the remaining available volume of substrate that is available to you upon completion of the tests that are currently in the queue. In the upper right-hand corner lists the number of tests that are currently ready to be run, any pending tests that need to be run, and the estimated completion time of those tests that are in the queue. Any reagents that need
calibration will appear in the bottom right-hand quadrant. It'll list the test, whether or not the calibration has been run, and whether or not the quality control has been run. Anything appearing in red would indicate that, in this case, quality control has not been done, but the calibration has been validated.

We'll select the product screen. (Screen change, 7:49) This represents what is currently loaded and on board in the product drawer of the instrument. It identifies the product ID, the product name, the position that the bial resides, the lot number, the quantity of the bile, and the stability date and time for expiration. (Slide change, 8:18) If you need to inhibit the test or pipette sampling, you need only highlight that. Once the tests that are currently in process are completed, the instrument will suspend pipetting, so that you can perform some other activity, whether it's loading samples or loading additional reagents. This will allow the instrument to complete any tests that are in
process without wasting time or delaying results.

By highlighting 'Online transmission' and pressing 'Enter', this will prevent the instrument from downloading or uploading results to the instrument via the L-I extra laboratory information system. ‘Online Printout’, by selecting 'No', we'll not send the results out to your printer if you elect to just go paperless. That summarizes the system status drop down menus.