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Siemens Healthineers, BCS XP (Coagulation 2019)

Siemens Healthineers, BCS XP (Coagulation 2019)

Coagulation analyzers, January 2019

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Instrument name/First year sold BCS XP/2006
Number of units installed in U.S./Outside U.S.
Number of contracts signed between 1/1/18 and 11/15/18
Country where analyzer designed/Manufactured Germany/Germany
Operational type batch, continuous random access
Reagent type open reagent system (liquid, lyophilized, reconstituted manually), optimized for Siemens instruments
Operates on whole blood or spun plasma spun plasma
Sample handling system 10-tube position sample rack
Model type benchtop
Dimensions (H × W × D)/Weight/Instrument footprint 37 × 49 × 25 in./330 lbs./8.5 sq. ft.
FDA-cleared clotting-based tests PT, APTT, fibrinogen, TT, reptilase time, factor assays, DRVVT (screen and confirm), factor V Leiden, protein C clot, protein S activity
FDA-cleared chromogenic tests Innovance AT, Innovance free protein S antigen, Berichrom AT, plasminogen, factor VIII chromo, alpha-2 antiplasmin, protein C chromo, heparin
FDA-cleared immunologic tests Innovance D-Dimer
Other FDA-cleared tests BC VWF-ristocetin cofactor assay (agglutination of fixed platelets)
User-defined tests in clinical use
Tests submitted for 510(k) clearance
Tests in development but not yet submitted ETP (for research use only)
Methodologies supported clot detection, optical (xenon flasher lamp); chromogenic, immunologic
Operator must load sep. reagent pack per specimen/Test run no/no
Number of different measured assays onboard simultaneously >100 tests, samples
Number of different assays programmed and calib. at one time 99
Number of user-definable (open) channels 7,999
Of those defined, number active simultaneously >100
Factor assays require manual manipulation or dilutions no
Number of reagent containers onboard at once/Tests per container/Reagents refrigerated onboard 90/up to 200/yes (<15°C)
Multiple reagent configurations supported yes
Reagents, consumables loaded without interrupting testing yes
Same capabilities when third-party reagent used yes
Maximum time same lot number of reagents can be used 1 year
Walkaway capacity: Number of specimens/Number of tests 100 samples/400 cuvettes
Minimum sample volume aspirated precisely at one time 3 µL
Standard specimen volume required to run PT or PTT/ Factor VIII activity 50 µL/20 µL, minimum 100 µL (includes dead volume); 50 µL, minimum 100 µL
Disposables used/Price of each cuvette rotors, washing solution, terralin disinfectant, BC validation kit/varies with volume
Supports direct-from-track sampling no
Primary tube sampling supported/Pierces caps on primary tubes yes (all up to 100 mm long, ext. diameter 11–16 mm)/no
Sample/Reagent barcode reading capability yes/yes
Onboard test automatic inventory yes
Measures No. of tests remaining/Short sample detection yes/yes
Clot detection as preanalytical variable in plasma sample no
Auto. detects adequate reagents for aspiration and analysis yes
Hemolysis/Turbidity detection-quantitation yes/no
Dilution of patient samples onboard yes
Automatic rerun capability/Auto reflex testing capability yes/yes
Lag time during which hypercoagulable sample not detected yes (7 seconds for PT and APTT)
Read time extended for prolonged clotting times yes
User can set different-than-standard:
• Reagent volumes/Sample volumes yes/yes
• No. and sources of reagent yes
• Incubation times/Reading times yes/yes
Autocalib. or autocalib. alert/Multipoint calib. supported yes/yes
Auto shutdown/Auto startup programmable no/no
Stat time to complete all analytes/Throughput per hour for:
• PT alone <5 minutes/~380 results (including abnormals)
• PT, PTT <5 minutes/~325 results (including abnormals)
• Fibrinogen <5 minutes (if curve available)/~315 results
• Factor VIII activity assay <5 minutes (if curve available)/~280 results
Time delay from ordering stat to aspiration of sample varies by test in progress, ~>5 minutes
Automatic transfer of QC results to LIS yes
Data-management capability onboard (includes QC: L-J plots)
Interface supplied by instrument vendor no
Interfaces in active user sites for: all major LIS vendors
Bidirectional interface capability yes (host query)
Results transferred to LIS as soon as test time complete yes
LOINC codes transmitted with all results no
How labs get LOINC codes for reagent kits
Electronic interface available (or will be) to automated (or robotic) specimen handling system no
Modem servicing yes
Time required for maintenance by lab personnel daily: <5 minutes; weekly: <10 minutes; monthly: 15 minutes
Onboard maintenance records yes
Training provided with purchase 3 days at vendor offices for 2 key operators, personalized education plan online training course
Approximate number of training hours needed per tech 8 on site
List price $171,921
Annual service contract cost (24/7)/Warranty with purchase
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) user-definable calibration curve expiration and prewarning alerts; user-definable barcode utility enables customizable reagent protocols; user-friendly Windows XP software
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