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bioMérieux, VIDAS 3 (Chemistry-Immunoassay Mid and High Volume, 2018)

bioMérieux, VIDAS 3 (Chemistry-Immunoassay Mid and High Volume, 2018)

Chemistry and immunoassay analyzers for mid- and high-volume laboratories, July 2018

Contact Information

Customer Service Team
Durham, NC

Name of instrument VIDAS 3
Type of instrument immunoassay
Operational type/Model type batch, random access, continuous random access/benchtop
List price/First year sold in U.S. —/2016
Targeted hospital bed size/Targeted daily test volume
Company manufactures instrument yes
Other models in this family of analyzers VIDAS 30
No. of units in clinical use in U.S./Outside U.S. (countries)
Dimensions (H × W × D)/Instrument footprint (square feet) 24 × 29.5 × 25.5 in./5.2 sq. ft.
Weight empty/Weight fully loaded 174.2 lbs./—
Tests available on analyzer in U.S. procalcitonin, D-dimer exclusion, Lyme IgG, Lyme IgM, C. difficile GDH, C. difficile toxin A & B, measles IgG, mumps IgG, rubella IgG, varicella IgG, HCG, H. pylori, toxo IgG, more
Tests not available in U.S. but available in other countries ferritin, NT-proBNP, CK-MB, high-sensitivity troponin I, troponin I ultra, protein C, HIV DUO Ultra, HIV DUO Quick, HIV P24II, more
Tests in development for analyzer
No. of different measured assays onboard simultaneously 12 (total menu can be run and calibrated at one time)
No. of user-definable (open chemistry) channels
Test throughput per hour/Assay run time
No. of direct ion-selective electrode channels
Detection methods
Stat time until completion/specimen throughput for:
• Ion-selective electrode
• Basic metabolic panel
• Complete metabolic panel
Typical time delay from ordering stat test until aspiration of sample
Fully automated microplate immunoassay system no
Methodologies supported fluorescence, enzyme immunoassay, solid-phase receptacle pipetting device
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 30 or 60 tests per kit/self-contained single use
Reagents refrigerated onboard/Reagents ready to use no/yes
Reagent lot tracking/Reagent inventory yes/—
Reagent form/Reagents barcoded liquid chemistry (closed reagent system)/yes
Separate reagent pack for each specimen/for each test run —/yes
Walkaway capability/Walkaway duration yes/27 specimens or 12 tests/assays
Design of sample handling system rack
Uses washable cuvettes/Uses disposable cuvettes no/—
Min.–max. sample volume that can be aspirated at one time 100–200 µL
Min. reaction volume/Min. specimen volume/Min. dead volume —/100–200 µL (assay dependent)/—
Dedicated pediatric sample cup
Primary tube sampling/Pierces caps on primary tubes yes (tubes [in mm]: 12 × 75, 13 × 75, 13 × 100, 16 × 100; Nalgene cups size: 13.5 × 38.1)/no
Protects against probe collision
Detects clots/liquid level/short sample yes/—/yes
Detection for hemolysis/icterus/lipemia/clots
Dilutes patient samples onboard/Susceptibility to carryover yes (can be programmed to perform dilutions prior to analysis)/—
Automatic rerun capability
Sample volume can be diluted to rerun out-of-linear-range high results/concentrated to rerun out-of-linear-range low results
Analyzer requires dedicated water supply
Autocalibration/Multipoint calibration supported yes (calibrants can be stored onboard)/yes (recommended avg. frequency: 14 or 28 days)
Typical calibration frequency for ISE/therapeutic drugs/ drugs of abuse/general chemistries/immunoassays
Automatic programmable start/Automatic programmable shutdown yes (5 min. avg. start-up time)/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 or automated collection onboard instrument
Sample barcode-reading capability/Autodiscrimination yes/—
Lab can control analyzer from remote computer
Instrument can diagnose its own malfunctions yes
System malfunctions can be diagnosed via remote monitoring yes
UPS backup power supply/Data-management capability —/onboard
LIS or EHR systems interfaced
LIS interface provided/Bidirectional interface capability yes (additional cost)/yes (broadcast download and host query)
Modem servicing provided/Service engineer on-site response time no/—
Mean time between failures 385 days (displays error codes for troubleshooting)
Average scheduled maintenance time by lab personnel weekly: 10–15 min.
Maintenance records kept onboard for user/vendor yes/—
Maintenance training demonstration module onboard no
Training included with purchase/Avg. time for basic user training yes/— (at customer site)
Advanced operator training/Where advanced training is held
Warranty provided/Cost of annual service contract (24 h/7 d) yes (1 year)/—
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) • routine and emergency (stat) testing in single-dose assay format readily adaptable to batch or single test runs • easy-to-use, reliable system with mean time between failure of more than a year • specialty menu of critical care and infectious disease assays
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