STA Software 4: Setup

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

A Transcription of STA Software 4: Setup

The next set of options that we want to talk about are under setup, Tests and Global Options. (Demonstrates drop down menu, :15) (Screen change, :17) Let's highlight tests and the lists of tests that are currently loaded on your system will now appear on the screen. These are the tests that both user defined and(Pop-up displayed, :32) Stago specific tests that currently reside on your instrument.

If you hit Escape, your options are to displace a test, this will allow you to move a test forward or back so that it can be displayed on your test status screen in a more convenient location.

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The order of the tests on this page determines the order of the tests on the top of the main page. This is where you change that order.

This should be set-up to aide you in putting the tests that you depend on most frequently to the front of the screen so that they'll be displayed while you’re working on the main test panel screen.

In order to displace a test, (Demonstrates drop down menus and test selection, 1:07) just highlight the "Displace a test", select the test that you want to move, and what we'd like to do is take our Prothrombin Time, highlight it and place it where we want the test to reside when we complete this movement. We're going to put PT at the very front of the list. So we highlighted it, press Enter, move it to it's desired location, and hit Esc. And now that test will appear at the very first test on our test panel screen.

You can do this with any of the tests. We can move tests up or move them down the list so that they appear where it makes the most sense for your work application. You can also delete a test and update a test by simply selecting that feature and pressing Enter. We don't encourage you to delete or update and tests without doing the proper validations before taking such action. (Screen change, 2:08)

You can now see after the system rebooted that our test panel now displays the Prothrumbin Time as the first test. So this can be done and it's user definable on how you would like your tests to appear on the test panel screen.

We're going to go back to our test setup and we're going to select a test, (Demonstrates drop down menu, 2:32) (Screen change, 2:41) in this case we'll select our PTT. And this will identify how the test is setup and configured. This is a Stago defined test and the name abbreviation as it appears on the test panel screen is setup here and also the full name could also be typed out in the next line down.

This is a clock based test. (Narrator points to the different areas of the screen, 3:05) Our sample size, incubation time and dilution factor are listed. Our diluents used to perform the test, is listed.

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There are three pages here which list all the reagents and other parameters to run a test.

The fact that it uses the products and the start reagent are listed along with the incubation time and volumes. Also used in our analysis, is the min time. Any test that clots before 18 seconds will generate an error. Any test that exceeds 353 seconds will generate an error. The mean time for this particular test is 35 seconds and we use that to calculate throughput on the instrument.

The primary results on this test currently are identified in seconds, but they can be changed if you choose to do so, (Narrator demonstrates the change, 3:58) by highlighting that particular field, (Pop-up displayed, 4:03) hitting the Delete key and that primary unit can be identified in multiple different ways. The correction factor for this particular product is setup for .850. So the multiplication factor on the number of seconds it took to clot in order to reach the correct variable for this particular test.

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“dupile” mode runs the test twice for each reading, which insures the correct results.

This test can also be setup as a single or duplicate and be hitting the Delete key we will toggle between those. And the precision for this particular test is at 8%.

The test will automatically be validated if the result falls between 20 and 300 seconds. (Narrator points to lower right side of screen, 4:42) (Screen change, 4:45) Since this is a Stago defined test, there are no calibration controls required in order to be validated. (Screen change, 4:53) But the QC needs to be run and in order to do that, we'll see that again the printout mean units will be in seconds. (Narrator points to top left area of the screen, 5:03) We do want the results to print out and then depending on your LIS you can setup the transmition number for that result to come across. (Narrator points to the lower left area of the screen, 5:15) To verify this calibration, you need run the control material that's specified on page three of the QC screen. (Screen change, 5:25)

You can also create a new test, user defined test, simply by taking your cursor and putting it down to a blank field and pressing Enter. (Narrator demonstrates creation of new test, 5:29) (Screen change, 5:35) And you have a clean slate so that you can create a user defined test at this point. (Screen change, 5:43)

The last feature on our menu today is the Halt feature.

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This is a DOS operated system, and it is very stable. In general, “Alt” - “Control” – “Delete” will reboot the system without any issues.

The Halt feature is the manufacturer suggested way to shut the system down. This will protect the instrument and your data against any problems if you follow this recommendation. So just highlight Halt, press Enter. (Demonstrates drop down menu, 6:02) To stop the program, type in a "Y'" for yes or no to exit and that will safely shut the instrument down without causing harm to your instrument or your data. And that concludes this portion of the tutorial.