Dimension Vista® System User Defined Methods Configuration Online Training

Utilizing the User Defined Methods feature allows the expansion of the testing menu on the system. This clinical laboratory training qualifies for continuing education units (CEU).

Welcome to the User Defined Methods Online Training course. User Defined Methods includes tasks that enable the instrument to process methods that are currently not supported on the Dimension Vista® System. Select Next to continue.   Define Customer Responsibilities Identify steps in the process for implementing a user defined method List the steps in creating a method Verify method configuration Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to: Select Next to continue. Congratulations. You have completed the User Defined Methods online training course. Listed below are the key points that have been presented.  Take time to review the material before you proceed to the final quiz.   Define Customer Responsibilities Accepting full responsibility for selecting proper reagents, test parameters, test protocols, determining correctness of results and resolving all errors or omissions.   Identify steps in the process for implementing a user defined method Setting the method parameters in the User Defined Methods configuration screen Resetting the software when the system is in a state of "Ready" Verifying method configurations are correct Entering the calibrator information Restarting the software to store the new method with the new configurations Entering new Flex® information in the reagent inventory screen Filling and loading the new flex with reagents Calibrating the new method in cups Evaluation of method performance using laboratory guidelines, adjusting parameters as needed. List the steps in creating a method To create a method there are several things that need to be entered:                                                  Method Information Execution Parameters Reagent Parameters Calibration Parameters Calculation Parameters Sample Parameters   Verify Method Configuration The last steps in the process of configuring a user defined method involve verifing or updating the method configuration page and restarting the Dimension Vista® System. Select Next to continue.   The Siemens VersaCell X3 Solutions Positioning Statement is:  Convince laboratory/hospital managers, directors, and the C-Suite that the VersaCell X3 Solution uses robotics with dynamic STAT management to provide the optimal mix of chemistry and/or immunoassay analytics with one-touch sample management. This empowers labs to advance workflow capabilities, streamline processes, and meet changing need with agility, at a cost labs can justify and in a way that distinguishes us from competitors implicitly or explicitly.                                                       How can you articulate our positioning statement concisely?  It's simple: The VersaCell X3 Solution and the VersaCell X3 Expansion Pack can expand Chemistry and Immunoassay testing in a way that meets their requirements. Select Next to continue. The customer assumes all responsibility for:  Selecting proper reagents Entering test parameters  Using proper test protocols  Determining the correctness of results Resolving any associated errors or omissions Select Next to continue. The printer attached to the WASP instrument is used to create media plate labels and labels for inoculated broth tubes (if applicable).  During instrument setup, the appropriate printer is installed dependent on if you want to print bottom or side labels.  For bottom labels, the Zebra printer is used; for side labels, the Sato printer is used.   The information printed on the labels will always include a barcode and specimen number.  Any additional information that is printed on the label is defined by the customer during instrument setup. The amount of information contained on the label, however, is limited due to label size.  Select next to continue. The process to implement a User Defined Method includes:   Configuring a User Defined Method Restarting the Software Entering Calibrator Information Filling Flex® and Load Calibrating in Cups Evaluating Method Performance Implementing a User Defined Method Learn about implementing a User Defined Method. Checklist TitleChecklist TypeChecklist ContentConfigure User Defined MethodHTML The User Defined Area is where you would configure user defined methods. From the Home Screen, select Advanced > Configuration > User Defined Methods. Select each checkbox to learn about configuring a User Defined Method.  Reset the SoftwareHTML Once the user defined method has been saved, the software will need to be Reset while the software is in a "Ready" state for the method to be appear in the method configuration screen.  Verify or Update Method ConfigurationHTML Verify or update the method configuration page to ensure the settings for assay range and, or cutoffs, panic ranges, fluid types, units, HIL indices are correctly set.  Restart the SoftwareHTML Once method parameters have been set and verified the operator will need to restart the Vista software to store a new method configurations.  Enter Calibrator InformationHTML   In this screen you will be able to enter in a new calibrator product by selecting Calibration > Calibrators >  New.  Fill Flex® and LoadHTML Fill the empty Flex® with Reagents for the newly configured User Defined Method.  Calibrate in CupsHTML To begin calibrations, select Calibrations > Calibrations by Lot, select the method, then select Order Calibration, finally scan in a rack.  Evaluate Method PerformanceHTML  Evaluate Method Performance according to customer guidelines, adjusting parameters when necessary. When complete, select the X in the upper-right corner to close the window and continue.    To create a method there are several things that need to be entered:                                                   Method Information Execution Parameters Reagent Parameters Calibration Parameters Calculation Parameters Sample Parameters Create a Method Review the screens for creating a user defined method. Slide NumberText BlocksCalloutsAudio ScriptImage File1 To create a new User Defined Method, navigate to: Advanced> Configuration> User Defined Method Select Next to continue. Note: If audio does not automatically start, select the play arrow in the top left to begin.To create a new user defined method, navigate to: Advanced, Configuation, then select User defined Methods.2Method Information:  The Method Name Field specifies the method mnemonic for the new method which will be proceeded by the letter X and can consist of up to five letters and/or numbers. The ID field specifies an ASTM number from the dropdown list.  The ID selected will be used to create the method in the Siemens Informatics System as well.  The Units Field specifies the units of measurement for the assay. Mode Field specifies photometric or nephelometric from the list to designate the assay measurement principle used for the method. If Semi-Quantitative results mode is enabled, the cutoff value will be defined under the method configuration screen after user-defined parameters are entered and the instrument is reset.  Select Next to continue. Select each number to review the corresponding text.CalloutsMethod Name FieldID Field Units Field Mode Field Semi Quant CheckboxWhen entering method details, there are 5 areas where foundational information must be entered. To see the fields used to enter method information rollover each number.3Execution Information: The execution parameters specify reagent and sample deliveries and mixing parameters.                                                                                  D1, D2, and D3 specify reagent delivery values. S1 and S2 specify sample delivery values. Time specify the time in second each delivery is to be executed.  Component specify the probe and volume of reagent or sample for delivery.  Remix specifies the length of time the solution is mixed in the well. Select Next to continue.Select each number to review the corresponding text.CalloutsD1  Field S1 Field Time Drop-DownComponent  Drop-Down Remix Drop-DownNext the execution information needs to be entered. Entering execution information gives the software the time in which it is to deliver reagent to the cuvette and how much reagent or sample to add while the assay is processing. 4Reagent Information: The graphic on the left side of the screen represents the 12-well Flex® reagent cartridge. For each well, enter the appropriate values for the reagent that will be added.  Reagent drop-down: Specify which reagent is in the well.  The user can define a maximum of five. Test Field: Specify the number of test contained in the well.  Volume Field: Automatically calculated based on reagent delivery, test number entered and dead volume. Life Field: Specifiy in hours the maximum hours the Reagent Well will be available for use on the instrument. Onboard Life Field: Specifiy in hours the maximum hours the Flex® will be available on the instrument. Select Next to continue. Select each number to review the corresponding text.CalloutsReagent Drop-DownTest Field Volume FieldLife FieldOnboard Life FieldThe reagent tab allows the operator to enter information for the reagent Flex® configuration. The operator will need to fill the reagent Flexes® with the reagents according to how they input the well information.5Calculation: Use the top part of this screen to specify the processing parameters for calculating the final result for the method.  Use the bottom part of the screen to specify parameters for reporting error conditions. Format drop-down: Specify the calculation type, rate or absorbance for photometric test and Vlin, Robust Vlin or Robust Vlin with pre-reaction for nephelometric test. Measuring and Blanking drop-down's: Specify the filter wavelength used at measurement time. Time drop-down: Specify the measurement read time points for the method. IOD/FOD (Initial or Final Optical Density) drop-down Fields: Specify absorbance chech for the measurement point. Error drop-down Fields: This section allows the user to enter error flag information for the method Select Next to continue. Select each number to review the corresponding text.CalloutsFormat Drop-DownMeasuring and Blanking Drop-Down'sTime Drop-DownIOD/FOD Drop-Down FieldsError Drop-Down FieldsIn this screen the calculation mode is selected. Choose between photometric and nephelometric modes. Once the mode is selected the operator can choose the calculation type, measurement wavelengths, measurement times, and where error flags will be for the method. To see the fields used to enter calculation information rollover each number.6Calibration:  Use this screen to enter the rules for calibrating the user-defined method. Std. Curve drop-down: Specify the curve type selecting between linear, logit or logit log. Interval in days Field: Specify the length of time for the calibration interval Calibrator Levels Field:  Specify the number of levels, level weight and number of replicates run for each level. Calibrator Dilutions  Area: Specify the dilution factor needed for calibrator levels to be made by the instrument using a high calibrator level diluted with system diluent, water or another calibrator level. Select Next to continue. Select each number to review the corresponding text.CalloutsStd. Curve Drop-DownInterval in days fieldCalibrator Levels FieldCalibrator Dilutions AreaIn this screen the operator can select the type of curve, calibration interval, number of levels, level weight and number of replicates for each level. To see the fields used to enter calibration information rollover each number. 7Sample:  Use this screen to enter range and dilution information specific to a fluid type. Specific information for sample types for a method can be serum, plasma, urine and CSF. To save changes, select Save Changes in the Actions Menu.  Select Next to continue. TIP: Sample volume for dilution must be between 10 µL and 100 µLIn this screen the assay parameters are set when Save Changes is selected. These parameters will be verified by the operator on the Method Configuration screen as part of the process of implementing the new method. 8Software Reset: Select Operation > Reset. Note: Resetting the software will save the new method so it appears on the Method Configuration screen. When complete, select the X in the upper-right corner to close the window and continue.To save the new method, select Operation and then Reset to make sure that the method appears in the Method Configuration Screen. You must reset the software when the system status state is "Ready." This will cause the new method to appear in the Method Configuration screen. To access the method configuration screen select : Advanced > Configuration > Method Configuration > The New Method  Method Configuration Learn about the Method Configuration Screen. Base ImageHotspotsText BlocksImage File Method Area Verify that your new method has been saved to the Method Configuration screen. General Verify the measurement and reporting digits are correct. HIL Alert Indices Verify the HIL thresholds are set to meet your laboratory's needs. Ranges Verify the Assay Range, enter the Panic Range and the Reference Range once determined. Ranges are set individually for each fluid type. Once method parameters have been set and verified the operator will need to restart the Dimension Vista® System software to store a new method configurations. Select Next to continue.

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