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Beckman Coulter, Coulter Ac•T 5diff Family; Ac•T 5diff AL

Beckman Coulter, Coulter Ac•T 5diff Family; Ac•T 5diff AL

Hematology analyzers, November 2017

Contact Information

Beckman Coulter

Matthew Rhyner
11800 SW 147th Ave.
Miami, FL 33196

Name of instrument Coulter Ac•T 5diff Family; Ac•T 5diff AL
First year installed in U.S./Outside U.S./No. of units sold in 2016 2001/2000/—; 2003/2003/—
No. units installed in U.S./Outside U.S./List price >1,400/>3,900 combined inside, outside of U.S./$38,500 (OV and CP), $54,500 (AL)
Test menu: • Chartable (standard menu: WBC, RBC, Hb, Hct, MCV, MCH, MCHC, PLT, neut %&#, mono, lymph, eos, baso) standard menu (left) plus: RDW, MPV
• Laboratory
• Flags complete operator selectable flagging
FDA-cleared tests not clinically released
Tests not available but submitted for 510(k) clearance
Tests in development
Tests for research use only PCT, PDW, IMM, ATL
Tests unique to analyzer
Differential method(s) used ACV technology combining cytochemistry, focused flow impedance, and light absorbance principles of measurement
Analytical measurement range:
• WBC count/RBC count OV: 0.4–90.0/0.23–7.70; CP: 0.4–91.3/0.30–8.0; AL: 0.4–120.0/0.3–8.0
• Hemoglobin/Platelet OV: 0–22.9/4–1,000; CP: 0.0–22.0/10.0–1,000; AL: 1.3–24.0/10.0–1,000 (100.0–1,900)
• MCV (fL) or Hct (%) OV: 1.8–55.9, 56.0–63.8 (Hct); CP: 1.8–55.9, 56.0–63.8 (Hct); AL: 2.0–67.0 (Hct)
• WBC count/RBC count <2%/<2%
• Hemoglobin/Platelet <1%/<5%
• MCV or Hct <2.0% (Hct)
Accuracy of automated differential compared with manual differential (per CLSI H20-A2) not available in NCCLS H-20A format
Interfering substances:
• WBC NRBCs, PLT clumps, large PLTs, lyse-resistant RBCs
• RBC cold agglutinins, PLT clumps, WBC overlinearity
• MCV or Hct Hct: lipemic samples, high WBC, cold agglutinins
• Platelet RBC and WBC fragments
• Hemoglobin elevated WBC, lipemia
Interfering substances: differential lyse-resistant RBCs, NRBCs, lipemia
Maximum CBCs per hour/Maximum CBCs and differentials per hour 60/60; 80/80
Minimum specimen volume open/Closed/Sample dead volume closed 30 µL for CBC and 53 µL for CBC and differential/30 µL for CBC and 53 µL for CBC and differential/varies by tube size
Microsample capability yes
Prepares microscope slides automatically or flags problems for slide prep no
Number of automatic slidemakers available/List price
Archives patient data/Previous patient results incl. with recent results yes/yes
Maximum archived data accessible when system online 10,000 samples
No. specimens for which numeric results saved in memory at once 10,000 samples
No. specimens for which histo/cytogram results saved in memory at once 10,000 samples
Performs delta checks no
Tags and holds results for follow-up, confirmatory testing, or rerun yes
Parameters for flags for holding samples defined by user or vendor user or vendor
Scattergram display: cell-specific color no
Histogram display: color with thresholds yes
User interface can display choice of specimen or result information yes
LIS interface formats supported proprietary; proprietary ASTM
Information transferred on LIS interface numeric and flag results, histograms and differential plots, instrument to LIS; patient demographics, orders, LIS to instrument—broadcast
LOINC codes transmitted with all results no
Sent in message to LIS no
Listing of machine codes and corresponding LOINC for each test no
Interface available or planned to automated specimen-handling system no
Barcode symbologies read on specimen tube Codabar, codes 39 and 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, EAN 8 and 13
Accommodates barcode placement per CLSI standard AUTO02-A2 yes
No. of cleaning or maintenance reagents/No. of routine liquid reagents 5/4
Time required for daily, weekly, monthly maintenance none
Onboard diagnostics for troubleshooting/Limited to software problems yes/no
Manufacturer can perform diagnostics via modem no
Distinguishing features (supplied by company) quantitative five-part WBC differential; aspirates only 30 µL of sample; requires small space footprint and runs quietly; AL has auto repeat based on decision rules
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