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How to prepare samples for your ProCyte Dx analyser

Blood collection and sample preparation steps

Procyte Dx blood collection step 1

1. Use an EDTA tube that can be secured in the adapter (13 mm x 75 mm, 1.3 mL, 650 μL). 

Procyte Dx blood collection step 2.

2. Use a syringe or vacuum collection system.

Procyte Dx blood collection step 3.

3. Draw the sample and transfer, if necessary.

Procyte Dx blood collection step 4.

4. Invert the tube to mix.

Complement your in-house haematology with a high-quality blood film

Instructions
  1. Use fresh, well-mixed, anti-coagulated blood to avoid sample deterioration.
  2. Maintain an angle of approximately 30° between the spreader and sample slide throughout.
  3. Spread the sample in one smooth, steady motion.
     
Tips
  • Include a blood film when results do not match clinical expectations.
  • Make sure the film has a symmetrical body, a monolayer and a feathered edge.
  • Avoid sample deterioration by limiting storage to 4 hours or less.
  • Quickly dry slides (air dry or use a fan on the cool setting).

How to run samples on your ProCyte Dx analyser

 
  1. Identify the patient and initiate the sample on the IDEXX VetLab Station.
  2. Place the sample in the ProCyte Dx analyser.
  3. Press the Start button on the ProCyte Dx analyser and walk away.
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Understanding your ProCyte Dx analyser complete blood count (CBC) results

Dot plots

Dot plots can be used to identify abnormalities in patient samples. Each dot represents an individual cell in this critical component of a complete blood count. Viewed together, they provide a snapshot of cellular morphology. 

How to read dot plots

Graphic of ProCyte Dx analyzer complete blood count (CBC) results.

Interpretive aids

Interpretive aids are messages used to provide more insight into CBC results by detecting results-based patterns. Interpretive aids are displayed as messages on the IDEXX VetLab integrated patient report.

ProCyte Dx interpretive aids

Reference intervals

Species-specific reference intervals are displayed graphically on the IDEXX VetLab Station and in VetConnect PLUS.

ProCyte Dx reference intervals

Maintaining your ProCyte Dx analyser

Run the rinse procedure once a month

 

 

  1. Prepare the 5% bleach solution up to 1 week before running.
  2. Set aside 25 minutes to complete the procedure.
  3. Follow the detailed instructions in your operator’s guide.
     

Note: This procedure removes contaminants and checks analyser performance.

Run a quality control once a month

Run a ProCyte Dx quality control once a month

 

  1. Use a vial of e-CHECK (XS) maintained at room temperature for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Set the QC adapter in the sample drawer and insert the e-CHECK (XS) vial.
  3. Follow the detailed instructions in your operator’s guide.
     

Note: This QC run ensures the reliability of the analyser and reagent system.

Change the reagent kit when low, empty or expired

 

 

  1. Fold open the top cover; do not alter the order of reagents.
  2. Avoid damage to the Quick-Connect Top when removing from and placing in bottles.
  3. Follow the detailed instructions in your operator’s guide.
     

Tip: To maximise reagent use, on the IDEXX VetLab Station, switch off the “Reagent Low” alert.

Clean the fan filter once a month

Technician cleaning the ProCyte Dx fan filter once a month
 
  1. Turn off the analyser and open the cover on the right-hand side.
  2. Remove and vacuum the fan filter.
  3. Replace the fan filter and close the cover.
     

Tip: Schedule to coincide with one of your weekly reboots.

Frequently asked questions for the ProCyte Dx analyser

A variety of maintenance and diagnostic procedures are required to ensure optimal performance of the ProCyte Dx analyser.

  • Once every 24 hours: Place the analyser in Standby mode. When you exit Standby mode, two procedures (an Auto Rinse and a background check) are automatically initiated. These take approximately 8 minutes to complete.
  • Every week: Reboot the analyser and the information processing unit (IPU). 
  • Every month: Clean the air filter, perform the rinse procedure and run the e-CHECK (XS) L2 quality control. 
  • As needed: Change the reagent kit and stain pack.
     
For detailed instructions:

Reagent kits, stain packs and testing accessories for the ProCyte Dx analyser are available at IDEXX Online Orders. Simply sign in to your account to order or create an account today.

It takes only 2 minutes to get results from a run on the ProCyte Dx analyser.

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How to prepare samples for your ProCyte One analyser

Blood collection and sample preparation steps

Procyte One blood collection step 1.

1. Use either an EDTA-treated tube or microtube.

Procyte Dx blood collection step 2.

2. Use a syringe or vacuum collection system.

Procyte Dx blood collection step 3.

3. Draw the sample and transfer, if necessary.

Procyte Dx blood collection step 4.

4. Invert the tube to mix.

Complement your in-house haematology with a high-quality blood film

Instructions
  1. Use fresh, well-mixed, anti-coagulated blood to avoid sample deterioration.
  2. Maintain an angle of approximately 30° between the spreader and sample slide throughout.
  3. Spread the sample in one smooth, steady motion.
     
Tips
  • Include a blood film when results do not match clinical expectations.
  • Make sure the film has a symmetrical body, a monolayer and a feathered edge.
  • Avoid sample deterioration by limiting storage to 4 hours or less.
  • Quickly dry slides (air dry or use a fan on the cool setting).

How to run samples on your ProCyte One analyser

 
  1. Identify the patient and initiate the sample on the IDEXX VetLab Station.
  2. Invert the sample tube 10 times to mix and immediately place it in the sample drawer.
  3. Close the drawer and press the Start button on the front of the analyser.
Need more help? Talk to customer support today. Call 1300 44 33 99.

Understanding your ProCyte One analyser complete blood count (CBC) results

Dot plots

Dot plots can be used to identify abnormalities in patient samples. Each dot represents an individual cell in this critical component of a complete blood count. Viewed together, they provide a snapshot of cellular morphology. 

ProCyte One feline dot plots
ProCyte One canine dot plots
ProCyte One equine dot plots

Graphic of ProCyte Dx analyzer complete blood count (CBC) results.

Interpretive aids

Interpretive aids are messages used to provide more insight into CBC results by detecting results-based patterns. Interpretive aids are displayed as messages on the IDEXX VetLab integrated patient report.

ProCyte One interpretive aids

Reference intervals

Species-specific reference intervals are displayed graphically on the IDEXX VetLab Station and in VetConnect PLUS.

ProCyte One reference intervals for the IDEXX VetLab Station

Maintaining your ProCyte One analyser

Take the guesswork out of quality control with IDEXX SmartQC

 

IDEXX SmartQC Control is a quality-control material specifically developed by IDEXX that is housed in the sample drawer and is run periodically to monitor the performance of the ProCyte One analyser.

You will be prompted to change the SmartQC vial when it is empty or expired.

  1. Open the sample drawer.
  2. Remove the empty/expired SmartQC vial.
  3. Shake a new SmartQC vial vigorously for 10 seconds to ensure it is well mixed and then load it into the rear slot in the sample drawer.
  4. Close the sample drawer.

Change the reagent and sheath packs

 

 

The ProCyte One analyser uses reagent and sheath fluids with every run. These fluids are easily loaded into the analyser as packs and should be replaced when they are empty or expired. You’ll receive a notification on the IDEXX VetLab Station when a pack should be replaced.

  1. Open the analyser door.
  2. To replace the reagent pack: Pull to remove the small grey reagent pack from inside the analyser. Then insert a new reagent pack until it clicks into place.
    OR
    To replace the sheath pack: Pull to remove the large grey sheath pack from inside the analyser. Then insert a new sheath pack until it clicks into place.
  3. Close the analyser door.

Note: The door will not close completely if the pack is not seated properly.

Supplies, pay-per-run and auto-replenish

What are the supplies?

These supplies are used exclusively with the ProCyte One analyser: 
  • Reagent packs
  • Sheath packs
  • IDEXX SmartQC Control
  • Filters

How much are the supplies?

All ProCyte One supplies are offered on a pay-per-run basis. The inventory is provided up front at no charge; you are then invoiced at the end of the month for only those runs performed.

How do I order more supplies?

ProCyte One supplies are ordered via I-DX online Ordering when your inventory is low allowing you to manage stock according to your individual usage.

Frequently asked questions for the ProCyte One analyser

The ProCyte One analyser is virtually maintenance-free! There are just a couple of maintenance procedures that are required on an as-needed basis (frequency will vary based on analyser use):

  • Change the reagent and sheath packs when prompted by the IDEXX VetLab Station. 
  • Change the filter.
  • Perform a bleach clean of the analyser (when prompted by IDEXX Customer and Technical Support).
     
For detailed instructions:

ProCyte One Haematology Analyser Operator’s Guide

Reagent packs, sheath packs, IDEXX SmartQC Control and testing accessories for the ProCyte One analyser are available at IDEXX Online Orders. Simply sign in to your account to order or create an account today.

 

It takes less than 5 minutes to get results from a run on the ProCyte One analyser.

You will be prompted to replace the filter on the ProCyte One analyser approximately twice a year (this varies based on analyser use). An alert will appear on the IDEXX VetLab Station touch screen when the filter needs to be changed. It is important that you only change the filter when prompted or by accessing the procedure found on the ProCyte One Diagnostics screen on the IDEXX VetLab Station.

  1. Open the analyser door.
  2. Remove the filter panel.
  3. Lift up the green latch so that it’s perpendicular to the analyser.
  4. Pull the filter to remove it from the analyser.
  5. Load a new filter into the analyser, ensuring the arrow on the filter is pointing up and is aligned with the light grey chamber above it.
  6. Lower the green latch so that it’s parallel to the analyser.
  7. Replace the filter panel.
  8. Close the analyser door.

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IDEXX Reference Laboratories sample collection bag

IDEXX Reference Laboratories haematology resources

Diagnostic flexibility for your patients' needs

Test codes, names, and contents

The Standard IDEXX CBC is the appropriate and most cost-effective option for routine preanaesthetic or preventive care screenings on clinically healthy animals. Available for canine and feline, this option provides an automated CBC, including haemogram, five-part differential, platelets, platelet indices, as well as reticulocyte count and reticulocyte haemoglobin.

A blood film review is automatically included when results are markedly abnormal.

The Comprehensive IDEXX CBC is inclusive of an automated CBC, including haemogram, five-part differential, platelets, platelet indices, as well as absolute reticulocyte count and reticulocyte haemoglobin. A blood film review is automatically performed when results are markedly abnormal based on established guidelines (see protocol information in the Online Test Directory at vetconnectplus.com.au).

In addition to the Standard, the Comprehensive IDEXX CBC provides an IDEXX pathologist interpretation to evaluate the significance of the blood film findings.

Test Codes 

ICICA - Haematology Interpretation for In-Clinic Analysers

ICBCA - Haematology Interpretation for Laboratory Tests (Upgrade from a Standard IDEXX CBC performed at the IDEXX Reference Laboratory) 

Quantitative CBC

The ProCyte Dx analyser has the ability to flag when a left shift is suspected and will also flag abnormal results usually caused by the blood sample being compromised (Refer to sample collection guidelines for best practice sample collection). 

When a clinic is unsure of what these flags mean, by using the ICICA code, you can upgrade your Standard in-clinic IDEXX CBC to a IDEXX Reference Laboratory Comprehensive IDEXX CBC inclusive of a quantitative CBC, blood film review and pathologist interpretation. 

Blood Film Review

A blood film review is performed by a technician for platelet, RBC and WBC morphology and parasite screen. A blood film review is automatically performed when results are markedly abnormal based on established guidelines or if unclassified cells are seen based on specific established criteria (see protocol information in the Online Test Directory at vetconnectplus.com.au).

Pathologist Interpretation

When requested, an interpretation is completed by an IDEXX Pathologist which is available through VetConnect PLUS. Add a Pathologist interpretation to an Standard IDEXX CBC using code IIC.

Note: Upgrading from a Standard IDEXX CBC previously performed at IDEXX Reference Laboratories or on an in-house IDEXX haematology analyser (ProCyte Dx or LaserCyte Dx). Must be ordered within 72 hours of initial CBC.

Choose the right CBC for your patient

Run a CBC as a standalone diagnostic OR include it as part of a comprehensive minimum database. In either scenario, follow the algorithm to guide your case management decisions and discover more with the NEW IDEXX CBC test options.
In-clinic CBC options:
An IDEXX CBC run on your ProCyte Dx or LaserCyte Dx
Patient report will help identify:
  • Flagged and/or qualified results
  • Anaemia
  • High/low WBC count
  • Low platelets
  • Other
Do I need further information?
  • Review Dot Plots
  • Submit case for professional service review
  • Evaluate blood film in-clinic
IDEXX Haematology Support Upgrade (including pathologist interpretation & blood film evaluation if indicated)
Test code ICICA/ICBCA
Laboratory CBC options:
Reference laboratory analysis
Based on clinical presentation
Standard IDEXX CBC
Useful for general health assessments and screening
  • Does not include a blood film review unless automated analysis is outside acceptance criteria.
Patient report will help identify:
  • Anaemia
  • High/low WBC count
  • Low platelets
  • Other
IDEXX Haematology Support Upgrade (including pathologist interpretation & blood film evaluation if indicated)
Test code ICICA/ICBCA
Comprehensive IDEXX CBC
Recommended for clinically sick patients or when a clinical pathologists interpretation is desired.

IDEXX Haematology customer support

Analysers

IDEXX Reference Laboratories

Training courses

Take complimentary courses, and get video tutorials on daily protocols and procedures.