What type of regular maintenance does the QuikRead go instrument require?
The QuikRead go instrument has been designed to be maintenance-free, so it does not require any regular maintenance. The instrument is calibrated at the factory and it has an internal self-check procedure during every measurement to ensure that it is functioning properly. The calibration curve or cut-off value for each test is encoded on the cuvette label.
How can I clean the instrument?
The exterior of the instrument can be cleaned using lint-free cloth dampened with water. A mild detergent may be used if necessary. No liquid should be allowed to run onto the edges of the display, the measurement well or the connectors. Do not use organic solvents or corrosive substances. Spillages of potentially infectious materials should be wiped off immediately with absorbent paper tissue and the contaminated areas swabbed with a standard disinfectant or 70% ethyl alcohol. Materials used to clean spills, including gloves, should be disposed of as biohazardous waste.
Does the software need updating?
The QuikRead go has embedded software and new versions are released when new features are added, such as new analytes, optional ways to connect the instrument to LIS systems, extended result memory or improvements to functionality. If you would like to use new features, you will need to update the instrument’s software. If you intend to continue using the QuikRead go instrument as before and you do not need new features, there is no need to update the software.
How are software updates delivered?
You can download the newest software from this site www.softwareupdate.quikread.com or order it from your local distributor, who will deliver the newest version on a USB stick. The software is easy to update using the instrument’s user interface as follows: Settings => Measurement flow => Maintenance => Software update
Follow the instructions on the display.
Is QuikRead go connectable to my lab computer software?
Yes, if it has a driver for QuikRead go. The connection can be uni- or bi-directional. A uni-directional connection is based on the ASTM standard. Here the information flow is from QuikRead go to the LIS/HIS/Middleware. A bi-directional connection is based on the POCT01-A2 standard. Here information goes both ways, from QuikRead to network (LIS/HIS/MW) and vice versa allowing remote management of the QuikRead go instruments and the users.
What is a driver?
A driver is a small part of software that tells the operating system (LIS/HIS/MW) and other software how to communicate with the connected device. For example, all printers come accompanied with drivers to be installed and which tell the operating system exactly how to do printing.
In the QuikRead go case a driver is a small part of software in LIS/MW needed to handle communication between the instrument and LIS/MW. The driver handles the communication and takes the information from the message which QuikRead go sends and puts the right information into right columns in the receiving system.
What are ASTM and POCT01-A2 protocols?
The ASTM and POCT01-A2 protocols are standardized ways for transferring information between laboratory instruments and computer systems.
What is Middleware?
Middleware is a software system that enables communication between a test device (like QuikRead go) and a laboratory or hospital data handling system. There are Middleware systems which have been especially designed to manage several POC-devices and users simultaneously.
If you inadvertentely set GMT to a future time, it can be readjusted back to the correct time IF the instrument has not been shut down in between. If the instrument has been shut down, setting GMT backwards is not possible but the instrument has to be sent to Finland for service.
How long does the accu unit’s charge last?
You can measure approximately 50 measurements with a fully charged accu unit.
How can I charge the accu unit?
The accu unit will always be charged when QuikRead go is connected to mains power. The instrument can be turned off. There is no separate charging device available.
How do I know when charging is needed?
When the accu unit’s capacity is below 25% there will be a message “Battery level is low. Please connect charger to continue operation.”. Connect the instrument to mains power.
The accu unit icon on the upper bar of the screen will also turn red.
How do I know that the accu unit has been charged?
Full charging time is approximately 5 hours.
To save the accu unit’s power, set the “Hibernate functionality” to “Full standby” (from SW 6.3.4 onwards “Close lid only” has also been available) and ”Hibernate after” to the lowest time 5 minutes. To save the accu unit’s power, QuikRead go screen will turn blank after 2 minutes of not being used. To keep these settings permanent, set them with the Set-up wizard.