No. The VS2 offers a variety of assays in a number of preconfigured panels for the utmost flexibility, while requiring only seconds of hands-on time, and providing the lowest possible operating costs.
No. The VS2 offers Na+, K+, tCO2, and Cl- which can be run on the same unit, test procedure, and sample.
Yes. The VS2's extensive Intelligent Quality Control (iQC) detects any flaw or potential anomaly in the rotor. Abaxis also provides a Performance Guarantee covering manufacture defective rotors. (This does not include cancellations or assay suppressions due to improper rotor storage, operator error, or poor sample integrity.)
In addition to cat, dog, and horse, the VS2 includes pre-determined specie labels for entering your own reference ranges, and also provides 99 open labels for adding further species.
The VS2 stores the results of the last 5000 rotors run. Thereafter, the VS2 replaces the oldest record with the most recent.
The only required maintenance is cleaning the air filter on the back of the analyzer.
No. Unlike any other system, the VS2 reagents are factory calibrated. The analyzer reads calibration values from the barcode on the rotor itself. The VS2 then calibrates its optics automatically for each measurement, and measures optical absorbance to determine the concentration of each analyte.
Abaxis recommends plugging the VS2 into a surge protector designed for use with a computer. Abaxis also recommends using an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in areas prone to electrical surges or power outages.
"Yes. Sample results and status reports can be transmitted to a computer (through a USB port) whenever calculated or prepared. You can use popular terminal emulation software to collect the data from the VS2. The data is delivered in raw ASCII format, and can easily be converted to text for use in other applications.
For information about optional Ethernet connectivity capabilities, or ASTM or XML connections, contact Abaxis Technical Service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 1-800-822-2947.
The VS2 also interfaces with many commercial veterinary data management software packages. For information on compatible packages, check with your software vendor, or contact Abaxis Technical Service."
Whole blood, serum or plasma.
No. Adding approximately 100-120µL of sample is sufficient. (Make sure not to overfill the chamber, or internal spills can result.) The VS2's on-board microfluidics handle the rest.
No. This anticoagulant can alter results. We recommend using lithium heparin with the VS2.
No. Syringes might be heparinized with sodium heparin anticoagulant, which is not recommended for use with the VS2. Instead, transfer the sample to a green top lithium heparin tube before loading into the rotor.
The analyzer checks the rotor and cancels the run if the rotor is outdated. This makes it essential to set your VS2 to the correct date and time.
"Rotor shelf life depends on the type of rotor, but averages approximately 9 to 18 months from the date of manufacture. See the package label to determine the rotor expiration date. To ensure optimal performance through the expiration date, the rotors must be refrigerated at 2-8° C (36-46° F), and used one at a time directly from the refrigerator.
Note: Do not store rotors in the freezer or along side of a freezer component within a refrigerator. This freezes the diluent pack, which prevents it from running properly in the instrument."
Always store rotors in the appropriate conditions to help ensure accurate results. Rotors may tolerate brief exposure to heat or cold, but excessive exposure to extreme temperatures suppresses reporting of some results, since the VS2's extensive built-in iQC mechanisms protect against reporting results for potentially compromised analytes.
No. In fact, you should use rotors directly from the refrigerator.
Endogenous substances such as hemolysis, lipemia, and icterus affect all blood chemistries, regardless of the type, size, or cost of the analysis instrument. The VetScan VS2 is the only point-of-care analyzer that assesses and suppresses hemolysis, lipemia, and icterus by determining assay-by-assay the level at which these substances could affect the reliability of the results, and bringing this to the user's attention.
"These symbols mean that the VS2's iQC algorithm is functioning correctly and results for that particular chemistry analysis were suppressed. If the VS2 cannot assure reliable results because of sample quality, endogenous substances, or immeasurable analysis, the analyzer suppresses the results rather than simply report unreliable numbers.
The analyzer is specifically calibrated for different species. If a rotor is run under the wrong species bank, the results will be unusable, and the rotor must be run again under the correct species.
Most lab management software is compatible with Abaxis equipment. Check with your software company to be certain.
No, but you can print out reference ranges and results, or transfer them for storage in your lab management software.
No. Profiles and reference ranges are designed for the specific species indicated on the package label. Running samples of other species can provide inaccurate results because some analytes are species-specific. See the rotor package insert for more information.
The Piccolo Xpress has 5 USB ports located on the back of the analyzer. These USB ports are bi-directional and can be connected to peripherals like a printer, keyboard, barcode scanner, computer or EMR/LIS system. Available data formats are ASCII, ASTM and XML. Data parsing and translation may be required to work with your system. Contact your IT department, systems provider or Abaxis Technical Service at 1-800-822-2947 for assistance.
Existing customers can also download Abaxis Data Manager for free by clicking here. Data Manager is a free, unsupported utility that connects your Piccolo to a 32-bit Windows computer and formats the Piccolo results into a PDF and XML file. Many practices have found these files useful as an interim solution to full connectivity.
The analyzer requires 100-240 volts AC, 50-60 Hz or 15 volts DC, 5.0A.
Abaxis recommends that the Piccolo be plugged into a surge protector designed for use with a computer. A suitable Belkin surge protector is provided with each analyzer. If an uninterruptable power supply is required for your operation, one is available from Abbott Point of Care Customer Service at 1-800-323-9100, or by clicking here to send a support request.
The three black “~~~” symbols mean that the results for that particular chemistry were suppressed. The analyzer is designed to deliver accurate results. If the analyzer is unable to provide accurate results, it will suppress those results rather than print them. Collect a new sample and re-run the test. If results for the second sample are suppressed, contact Abaxis Technical Support at 1-800-822-2947, or by clicking here to send a support request.
CLIA Waived Testing
a. At least every 30 days.
b. Whenever laboratory conditions have changed significantly.
c. When training or retraining of personnel is indicated.
d. With each new lot.
CLIA Moderately Complex Testing
a. Abaxis recommends control testing to follow federal, state and local guidelines. Please follow this link for the CMS state contacts: https://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Legislation/CLIA/Downloads/CLIASA.pdf
Controls can be ordered directly from Abbott Point of Care customer service, or through your Piccolo distributor. For additional information call Abbott Point of Care toll free at 1-800-323-9100.
If you are experiencing difficulty, or have any questions about your Piccolo analyzer, contact Abaxis Technical Service at 1-800-822-2947. Or, you can click here to submit a support request.