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Abbott Point of Care, Piccolo Xpress (Chemistry-Immunoassay POC Low Volume, 2018)

Abbott Point of Care, Piccolo Xpress (Chemistry-Immunoassay POC Low Volume, 2018)

Chemistry and immunoassay analyzers for point-of-care and low-volume laboratories, June 2018

Contact Information

Abbott Point of Care
Laetitia Crouch
Princeton, NJ

Name of instrument Piccolo Xpress
Type of instrument chemistry
Operational type/Model type —/benchtop
List price/First year sold in U.S. $16,500/2006
Targeted hospital bed size/Targeted daily test volume
Company manufactures instrument no (manufactured by Abaxis)
Other models in this family of analyzers
No. of units in clinical use in U.S./Outside U.S. (countries) 2,500/4,000
Dimensions (H × W × D)/Instrument footprint (square feet) 12.75 × 6 × 8 in./< 1 sq. ft.
Weight empty/Weight fully loaded
Tests available on analyzer in U.S. ALP, ALT, AST, GGT, amylase, albumin, total protein, total bilirubin, BUN, creatinine, calcium, cholesterol, glucose, uric acid, sodium, creatine kinase, more
Tests not available in U.S. but available in other countries
Tests in development for analyzer
No. of different measured assays onboard simultaneously 14–complete metabolic panel
No. of user-definable (open chemistry) channels
Test throughput per hour/Assay run time
No. of direct ion-selective electrode channels
Detection methods photometry, enzymatic
Stat time until completion/specimen throughput for:
• Ion-selective electrode 12 min./—
• Basic metabolic panel 12 min./—
• Complete metabolic panel 12 min./—
Typical time delay from ordering stat test until aspiration of sample none
Fully automated microplate immunoassay system
Methodologies supported
Separation methodologies
Stat time until completion of a ß-hCG test
Typical time delay from test order to aspiration of sample
Stat time until completion of a cTn test
• Typical time delay from test order to aspiration of sample
Approx. No. of tests per reagent set or pack/Reagent type —/self-contained single use
Reagents refrigerated onboard/Reagents ready to use yes (0°–8°C)/yes
Reagent lot tracking/Reagent inventory
Reagent form/Reagents barcoded liquid chemistry (closed reagent system)/yes
Separate reagent pack for each specimen/for each test run yes/no
Walkaway capability/Walkaway duration yes/12 min.
Design of sample handling system
Uses washable cuvettes/Uses disposable cuvettes no/no
Min.–max. sample volume that can be aspirated at one time 80–100 µL of whole blood, serum, or plasma
Min. reaction volume/Min. specimen volume/Min. dead volume
Dedicated pediatric sample cup no
Primary tube sampling/Pierces caps on primary tubes no/no
Protects against probe collision no
Detects clots/liquid level/short sample yes/no/yes
Detection for hemolysis/icterus/lipemia/clots no/—/—/yes
Dilutes patient samples onboard/Susceptibility to carryover no/—
Automatic rerun capability no
Sample volume can be diluted to rerun out-of-linear-range high results/concentrated to rerun out-of-linear-range low results no/no
Analyzer requires dedicated water supply no
Autocalibration/Multipoint calibration supported yes (calibrants can be stored onboard)/yes (recommended avg. frequency: each test)
Typical calibration frequency for ISE/therapeutic drugs/ drugs of abuse/general chemistries/immunoassays each test/—/—/each test/—
Automatic programmable start/Automatic programmable shutdown yes/yes
Onboard real-time QC/Onboard software capability to review QC yes/yes
Supports multiple QC lot numbers per analyte yes
Waste management manually by user
Sample barcode-reading capability/Autodiscrimination yes/yes
Lab can control analyzer from remote computer yes
Instrument can diagnose its own malfunctions yes (operator intervention required to order parts)
System malfunctions can be diagnosed via remote monitoring yes
UPS backup power supply/Data-management capability yes/onboard
LIS or EHR systems interfaced
LIS interface provided/Bidirectional interface capability no/yes (broadcast download and host query)
Modem servicing provided/Service engineer on-site response time yes/— (24-hr. return merchandise authorization turnaround of loaner)
Mean time between failures — (displays error codes for troubleshooting)
Average scheduled maintenance time by lab personnel
Maintenance records kept onboard for user/vendor
Maintenance training demonstration module onboard
Training included with purchase/Avg. time for basic user training yes/1–2 hrs. (supplemented by free webcast)
Advanced operator training/Where advanced training is held yes/customer site
Warranty provided/Cost of annual service contract (24 h/7 d) yes (1 year)/—
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) • comprehensive CLIA-waived menu of tests; 16 disks (11 CLIA waived) represent commonly ordered chemistry panels • CLIA-waived comprehensive metabolic panel • works with 3 simple steps
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