STA Software 2: Loading

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

A Transcription of STA Software 2: Loading

STA Software 2 - Loading

The next series of applications we want to show are loading. So, we're going to highlight 'loading' and press 'Enter' to bring down our drop down menu. (Demonstrates drop down menu, :18)

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The STA does a very good job with instructing you on how to run the unit. Reading the screen will help you as well.

First, we'll start with our product samples. You highlight 'Samples', (Screen change, :26) and the drawer will open. You'll see in the upper left-hand corner that the ID patient loaded will appear in the patient ID field, along with the position that the tube is located. Under 'Test selection', any tests that are requested for that specific patient or sample.

Also, when loading, you are given the option to select either a micro tube or a normal sample. This is displayed at the bottom of the screen. By hitting F8, you can change or toggle between normal tube, standard normal tube, and a micro tube. As you hit F8, it will toggle between the normal and the micro tube. Also, the patient sample can be changed to indicate whether or not it's a normal sample or whether it's a stat. You do that by pressing the F12 key. A stat will appear in yellow. A routine test will appear in blue. Also, in the bottom left-hand corner, any pre-recorded profiles... These would be the tests that our users find that are most often run in your laboratory, can be selected to enhance the loading process.

In the bottom right-hand corner, you can select to add or delete any tests for a specific patient, simply by highlighting the test and entering or deleting it. (Demonstrates drop down menu, 2:28) By hitting 'Escape', you can bring up the options to change and modify your profiles. (Screen change, 2:35) Or to change and modify any prefix to helpidentify your patient sample, and whether you're in auto mode or manual mode.

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“Auto Mode” is used for loading samples with an LIS system or barcodes. “Manual Mode” you have to type in the sample I.D.’s.

Once you've completed your sample loading, press 'Escape'. Quit. Your drawer will load, and your test data screen will appear, indicating the tests that are to be performed and whether or not any additional products need to be loaded in order to facilitate the tests. (Screen change, 3:10)

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Reagents in red need to be added before that test will run.

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Next, we'll discuss loading of reagents into the compact. We're going to select 'Loading' from our main menu. (Opens drop down menu, 3:33) Select 'Products'. Press 'Enter'. This will cause the product drawer to open.(Screen change, 3:40) Any products currently loaded into the system will appear, along with the product ID, their name, the volume of the file loaded, the length of stability for the new reagent, the lot number of the reagent, and the position that the reagent resides. To the right will display the expiration date and time for the product loaded. These will vary, depending on the nature of the product. Any product that would appear in red would be beyond their
stability day and time. If our product appears in yellow, that product will be within one hour of its expiration. If you have any tests pending, now would be the time to run it.

You can also decant any remaining reagent into a micro vile and load it onto the system. In order for the instrument to calculate that volume, you need to select F8 to indicate that you are loading a micro vile. In the bottom right-hand corner, you can see that by pressing F8, the normal volume and micro volume indicator will display. (Pop-up displayed, 5:06) Once the drawer is closed, the instrument will again go to the test status screen for the products. It will indicate whether or not you're missing any reagents for any tests that are loaded, and also give you the status of any reagents that are required in order to facilitate the tests.(Screen change, 5:36)

Next, we're going to show you how to load cuvettes onto the compact. So again, from the main menu, we're going to select 'Loading'. (Opens drop down menu pop-up displayed, 5:46) Highlight our cuvettes. The instrument will prompt what needs to occur in order to successfully load your cuvette or change your cuvette roll.

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The STA Compact does a very good job instructing you on how to run the unit. Follow the Prompts.

So, just follow the prompts and make sure that you don't skip any steps, in order to correctly load the cuvettes onto the compact. So first step is we're going to remove the empty roll. Once we've completed that, we're going to hit our spacebar to confirm. Now, we're going to place the new roll of cuvettes onto the instrument. Once we've done that, we're going to press F10 to confirm. (Screen changes, 6:27) The instrument's now going to test to make sure it successfully loads the cuvette from the new roll. Once that test is successful, it'll prompt us to say, "Hey. Did you, in fact, put a new roll of cuvettes on there, or whether or not it was a partial roll?" The instrument will use up every cuvette on a roll to allow you to maximize the cost benefits for the cuvettes.

Once you've entered the correct number or the default 1000, press 'Enter' to save. (Screen change, 7:05) The next is going to ensure that it's starting with a clean cuvette bin. So, you need to remove and change and replace any cuvettes. Place a new cuvette waste bag into the cuvette bin, and then press F10 to confirm. Replace the cuvette bin, and again, press F10 to verify the action is complete. (Screen change, 7:36) The new cuvette roll will now be displayed within your test panel screen. Next, we're going to go through the loading application for the replacement of our wash solution. (Opens drop down menu and pop-up opens, 7:53)

So, with 'Loading' highlighted, we're going to page down to the wash solution and press 'Enter'. Again, we're going to follow the pictographs to complete the loading of the new wash solution onto the instrument. First thing you're going to need to do is to remove the waste bottle. We want to make sure that as we dispose of the waste solution, we're following all local and hospital requirements for the decontamination and disposal of the waste material. (Screen change, 8:25)

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Be very careful not to load a waste bottle as a new cleaning agent bottle. Can’t happen if you FOLLOW THE PROMPTS.

Once you've taken the waste solution out of the instrument, you want to take the old empty wash solution vile, mark it as waste, and place it into the waste side of the instrument. Once you've completed that, press F10 to continue. (Screen change, 8:46) Once you've taken that empty wash vile, marked it on the outside as waste, and placed it into the waste side, press F10 to continue. Now, take a new bottle of wash solution, place it into the instrument, and press F10 to confirm. (Screen change, 9:11)

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This number (2500 ml) is what is now programmed into the ubit as the amount of cleaning reagent. It can be changed.

Once you've placed a new vile on the instrument, the default value of 2500 ML will just be displayed. As long as you're putting in a new vile, just hit 'Enter' to accept that value. (Screen change, 9:23) The instrument will then prime the wash solution, and then the new value for the wash solution will be displayed on your test status screen.