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Afinion™ 2 Installation and Training Guide

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Afinion 2 Installation and Training Guide
The Afinion Analyzer at a glance

numbered list ON/OFF button: Turns the power to the Analyser on and off.
numbered list Red and Green LEDs: Light emitting diodes (LEDs) that indicates whether the Analyser is busy or not.
numbered list Touch screen: Allows you to communicate with the Analyser through touch buttons and messages.
numbered list The lid: Covers and protects the cartridge chamber.
numbered list Ethernet port for connection to LIS/HIS/EMR systems. Use shielded cable.
numbered list USB-A: Connectors for printer, USB flash and barcode reader.
numbered list Power input for power supply connection.

The Afinion™ 2 Analyzer has two main user interfaces, the touch screen and the cartridge chamber. The analyzer is easily operated using the touch buttons that appear on the screen. When a button is touched, its function will be activated. Text messages that appear on the screen will help guide you through the testing procedure.

The other main operative part of the Afinion™ 2 Analyzer is the cartridge chamber. The cartridge chamber is designed to receive the test cartridge in one orientation only. The lid must be manually closed, but opens automatically. When a new test cartridge is placed in the chamber, manually closing the lid will initiate the analysis. When the analysis is complete the lid will open automatically. The lid protects the cartridge chamber from dust, dirt, light and humidity during processing and when the analyzer is not in use.

  • The lid must be manually closed, but opens automatically. Do not open the lid manually.
  • Use the fingertips only on the touch screen. Do not use pens or other sharp instruments.
How to operate the analyzer

 

  1. Text message
  2. Touch buttons
  3. The cartridge chamber with a test cartridge
  4. The lid in open position

 

 

Screen saver

The screen saver will turn on after 3 minutes if the touch screen is not in use. To reactivate, touch the screen.

Light signals (the red and green LEDs)

The red diode is illuminated when the analyzer is busy. A flashing red light is seen when an information code is displayed. The green diode is illuminated when the analyzer is ready for use. A flashing green light indicates completion of an analysis.

Sound signals

A short beep indicates completion of an analysis. Two beeps mean that an information code or message is displayed.

Calibration

The Afinion™ 2 Analyzer has been manufactured to deliver reliable and accurate results. During manufacturing, the analyzers are calibrated against a reference system. This procedure has been established to ensure that all analyzers operate within identical tolerance limits.

Test specific calibration data are established for each lot of test cartridges and then stored in the barcode label. When the test cartridge enters the analyzer, the integrated camera reads the barcode. The calibration data for the actual lot are transferred to the instrument and used for calculating the results. Calibration by the operator is thus not required.

Cleaning and maintenance

No maintenance of the Afinion™ 2 Analyzer is required other than cleaning the exterior and cartridge chamber.

Cleaning the exterior of the Afinion™ 2 Analyzer should be performed whenever necessary.

The cartridge chamber should be cleaned immediately if materials or liquids are spilled in the cartridge chamber. For regular maintenance (removal of dust particles etc.), the cartridge chamber should be cleaned every 30 days.

Please refer to the user manual for complete instructions.

Place your Afinion™ 2 Analyzer on a dry, clean, stable and horizontal surface. Make sure that the analyzer is located with sufficient surrounding airspace, at least 10 cm on each side. Placement of Afinion™ 2 Analyzer should allow easy disconnection from the wall outlet at any time. Acclimate the analyzer to ambient operating temperature (15-32°C) before use.

Getting Started

The analyzer might be impaired by:

  • Condensing humidity and water
  • Heat and large temperature variations
  • Direct sunlight
  • Vibrations (e.g. from centrifuges and dishwashers)
  • Electromagnetic radiation
  • Movement of the analyzer during processing of a test cartridge

Connecting power supply

  • Connect the power cable to the power supply.
  • Insert the plug from the power supply into the power socket in the back of the analyzer.
  • Plug in the power supply to a wall outlet.

Only use the power supply and cable supplied with Afinion™ 2 Analyzer. Any other power supplies or cables can damage the analyzer and may cause possible hazards.

Connecting additional equipment

  • Optional equipment, not provided with your Afinion™ 2 Analyzer are:
  • External barcode reader – for reading barcoded sample or operator identification.
  • Printer – for optional print out of test results.
  • For additional information regarding barcode reader and printer specifications, please contact your local Afinion™ 2 supplier.
Connecting the equipment should be done while the analyzer is switched off

 

Connecting the equipment should be done while the analyzer is switched off.

All equipment connected to the USB and/or Ethernet ports must have double or reinforced insulation from mains to prevent the risk of electric shock.

Connecting the equipment

Switch on the Analyser by pressing the ON/OFF button. An automatic start-up procedure will be initiated. Please wait. Do not open the lid manually.

Connecting the equipment

An automatic start-up procedure will be initiated shortly after the analyzer has been switched on. The red light on the top of the analyzer will turn on, indicating that the analyzer is busy. The analyzer is ready for use when the start-up menu is displayed and the green indicator light turns on.

Connecting the equipment

The analyzer’s software version (XX.XX) will appear in the upper left corner of the Start-up menu screen. The temperature displayed in the Start-up menu is the operating analyzer temperature. Make sure that the operating temperature is within the recommended range for your Afinion™ Test (see the package insert for the Afinion™ Test).

If the analyzer fails during the start-up procedure, an information code will appear. Please refer to the user manual for a list of all information codes and messages.

IMPORTANT

Please make sure the analyser is switched off at the end of your working day. Switch off the analyzer by pressing the ON/OFF button. The analyser can only be switched off if the cartridge chamber is empty and the door is closed

Before using your Afinion™ 2 Analyzer you should set the configuration according to your needs. To enter the Configuration menu, do the following:

Connecting the equipment

Start-up menu

Touch icon to enter Main Menu

Connecting the equipment

Main menu

Touch icon to enter Main Menu

Connecting the equipment

Configuration menu

Select an item for configuration.

Patient ID configuration

The patient identification (ID) function can be enabled or disabled. The patient ID function is enabled as a default setting by the manufacturer. When the patient ID function is enabled, the patient ID must be entered for each test cartridge to be analysed. If the patient ID function is disabled, a run number will automatically replace the patient ID and be displayed in the upper left corner of the screen. This numbering is reset each day at midnight.

Patient ID enable/disable

Patient ID enable/disable

 

Operator configuration

Touch icon in the configuration menu to enter the patient ID on/off option.

Selecticon to disable the operator ID function.

Selecticon to enable the patient ID function.

Touch icon to accept and return to the configuration menu.

Operator configuration

 

Operator ID enable/disable

Touch icon in the configuration menu to enter the operator configuration menu.

Operator ID enable/disable

 

Choosing regional settings

Touch icon in the configuration menu to enter the operator configuration menu.

Selecticon to disable the operator ID function.

Selecticon to enable operator ID. Any operator ID is accepted.

Selecticon to enable operator ID with verification.

Touch icon to accept and return to the configuration menu.

Regional Settings

Touch icon in the configuration menu to enter the regional settings menu.

Touch icon to enter the language selection. Touch the arrow in the window to view other options. N.B English is the default language.

Touchicon to enter HbA1c units. Touch the arrow in the window to view other options. Options: mmol/moL (UK), %, eAG mmol/L (estimated glucose average).

Touch icon to enter ACR units. Touch the arrow in the window to view other options. Options: mg/mmol (UK), mg/g.

Touch icon to enter lipid panel configuration menu. Touch the arrow in the window to view other options. Options: mmol/L (UK), mg/dL.

  • Select which analytes you wish to see displayed.
  • C - Total Cholesterol (not optional – always selected), HDL, LDL, Triglycerides, Non HDL, TC/HDL ratio.

Touch icon to accept and return to the configuration menu.

Setting the date and time

The correct date and time should always be set because the date and time for the analyses are stored and displayed in the patient and control records. The date format is YYYY:MM:DD, where YYYY is the year, MM is the month (01 to 12), and DD is the day (01 to 31). The time format is hh:mm, where hh is the hour from 00 to 23 and mm is minutes from 00 to 59.

Setting the date and time step1

Touch icon in the Configuration menu to enter Date/time menu.

Touch icon to enter Date setting.

Touch icon to enter Time setting.

Setting the date and time step2

Enter today’s date or time.

Touch icon to confirm and return to previous view.

Leave the unopened foil pouch on the bench for at least 15 minutes prior to analysis.

Allow the Afinion™ Test Cartridges to reach the recommended operating temperature before use.HbA1c – must reach a temperature of 18-30°C before use.

  • HbA1c – must reach a temperature of 18-30°C before use.
  • CRP – must reach a temperature of 15-30°C before use.
  • Lipid Panel – must reach a temperature of 18-30°C before use.
  • ACR – must reach a temperature of 20-30°C before use.

Consult the package insert that comes with each Afinion™ Test Kit for assay specific information.

Switch on your Afinion™ 2 Analyzer so it is ready for the day’s first analysis.

Enter the operator ID (optional).

The patient ID, control ID or Afinion™ Control Data can be entered before or during processing of the test cartridge in the analyzer.

Open the foil pouch. Grip the handle and remove the test cartridge from the pouch. Use the handle to avoid touching the optical reading area.

Discard the desiccant bag and foil pouch in suitable waste containers.

Mark the test cartridge with the patient or control ID. Use the ID area on the test cartridge. An ID label can also be used. Do not write on the barcode label or allow it to become wet, dirty or scratched. If an ID label is used, this must fit into the ID area.

 

A warm hand and good blood flow from the puncture site are essential to collect a good capillary sample.

  • Always wear gloves.
  • Select a puncture site from one of the middle fingers of either hand.
  • If directed in the instructions for use: clean the finger with an alcohol swab.
  • Dry thoroughly with gauze before pricking the finger.
  • Use a lancet to prick the finger at the selected site.
  • Squeeze the finger gently to obtain a drop of blood.
  • If direted in the instructions for use: wipe away the first drop of blood.

Squeeze the finger for a second time until a large drop of blood forms, do not milk the finger. The puncture should provide a free flowing drop of blood. Excessive squeezing may lead to erroneous results.

  • The patient sample material and control material to be used is specific for each Afinion™ Test.
  • The length of the capillary in the sampling device, and thereby the sample volume, might also vary for the different Afinion™ Tests.
  • The time from filling the capillary until analysing the test cartridge must be as short as possible.

Consult the package insert that comes with each Afinion™ Test Kit for assay specific information.

Remove the sampling device from the test cartridge

Remove the sampling device from the test cartridge.

Use the handle to keep the test cartridge steady against the table and pull the sampling device straight up.

Fill the capillary

Fill the capillary; hold the sampling device almost horizontally and bring the tip of the capillary in surface contact with the sample. Make sure that the capillary fills completely. It is not possible to overfill.

Do not wipe off the capillary.

Avoid air bubbles and excess sample on the outside of the capillary.

Immediately and carefully replace the sampling device into the test cartridge

Immediately and carefully replace the sampling device into the test cartridge.

The time from filling the capillary until analysing the test cartridge must be as short as possible.

Remove the sampling device from the test cartridge

Touch icon for patient samples, or touch icon for controls. The lid opens automatically. 

Remove the sampling device from the test cartridge

Insert the test cartridge with the barcode facing left.

Remove the sampling device from the test cartridge

Close the lid manually to start analysing.

Remove the sampling device from the test cartridge

Touch icon and enter patient ID, or touch icon and enter control ID.
Touch icon to confirm.

Remove the sampling device from the test cartridge

Record the result when it appears on the screen. Touchicon to accept.  The lid opens automatically.

Remove the sampling device from the test cartridge

Remove and immediately discard the used test cartridge. Close the lid manually when the analyzer is not in use.

   

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