IDEXX Haematology

IDEXX Haematology resources

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.
Need more help? Talk to customer support today. Call 09 7252 2253.

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.

Support

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09 7252 2253

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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 09 7252 2253.

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?

IDEXX proactively monitors your use of ProCyte One supplies via your IDEXX SmartService Solutions connection and will send you supplies automatically when your inventory is low. There is no need to order supplies or monitor your inventory!

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.

Support

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09 7252 2253

Training courses

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IDEXX Reference Laboratories sample collection bag

IDEXX Reference Laboratories haematology resources

Ordering options

The following profiles can be ordered via VetConnect PLUS or request forms:

Routine profiles with large blood count
 
Code Profile
GCUP/GCUPI
Check-up large
GERIP/GERIPI
Geriatric Profile
KPGR
Feline Large Profile
Routine profiles with premium blood count (canine and feline only)
Code Profile
PRGCUP/ PRGCUPI
Check-up large with Premium Blood count
PRGERIP/ PRGERIPI
Geriatric Profile with Premium Blood count
PRKPGR
Feline Large Profile with Premium Blood count
Standalone tests
 
Code Profile
BB
Large Blood Count
PRBB
Premium Blood Count standalone
DIFFPR
Blood film evaluation

Choose the right CBC for your patient

Based on your patient's needs. Easily add a blood film review when needed.
In-house hematology analyzer
Abnormal results, such as:
  • Flagged and/or qualified results
  • Anemia
  • High/low WBC count
  • Low platelets
  • SNAP 4Dx Plus Test positive
  • Heartworm positive
  • FeLV or FIV positive
Do I need further information?
Review dot plots and/or blood film evaluation in-house
CBC Blood Film Evaluation
Reference laboratory
Based on clinical presentation
Large Blood Count
Typically used for preventive care screening
  • Preanesthetic blood work on clinically healthy animals
Abnormal results, such as:
  • Anemia
  • High/low WBC count
  • Unexpected findings on chemistry or serology
CBC Blood Film Evaluation
Premium Blood Count
Recommended for clinically sick patients or when blood film review is desired
  • FeLV or FIV positive
  • Vector borne disease positive
  • Heartworm positive
  • SNAP 4Dx Plus Test positive

IDEXX Haematology customer support

Analysers

IDEXX Reference Laboratories

Training courses

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