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Iredell Health System Implements New Blood-Testing Technology

Monday, January 27, 2020
Ortho Vision Analyzer

Iredell Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory Microbiology and Blood Bank Department has implemented new automation technology – the Ortho Vision Analyzer and Cepheid GenXpert System – that ensures accuracy for patients and ease of use for clinical staff.

“Laboratory staff are very proud to continue to bring cutting-edge technology that will benefit our clinical staff, patients, and family of Iredell Memorial,” said Mark Berry, director of the Iredell Memorial Laboratory.

The Ortho Vision Analyzer automates in-vitro blood tests to provide staff with precise results and quick turnaround times. The system is a standalone instrument interfaced with the laboratory information system that automates blood typing, antibody screening, and direct antiglobulin testing.

Iredell Health System implemented the Ortho Vision Analyzer to help its Laboratory team provide more reliable, efficient results to patients and physicians.

While standardizing transfusion medicine with laboratory staff, the system helps improve the Laboratory’s efficiency and workflow by transitioning its transfusion techniques from the more labor-intensive manual gel methods to full automation.

The Cepheid GenXpert System is an automated, multiplex analyzer that rapidly tests for many viruses and bacteria.

Able to perform more than 20 tests in real time, the GeneXpert System detects and amplifies unique sequences in genes that encode proteins for influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), clostridium difficile, methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA), chlamydia trachomatis, and Neisseria gonorrhoeae.

To target sequences from clinical specimens, Iredell Memorial Laboratory technicians use the GenXpert System to convert RNA to DNA through a technique known as reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).

Laboratory technicians gather diagnostic information by performing the RT-PCR testing on patients presenting signs and symptoms for certain diseases. Patients and their physicians then have qualitative, DNA-specific test results to provide patients with rapid diagnoses and treatment.

The GenXpert System consists of an instrument with multiple testing bays, a computer system, and software to conduct tests and view results. The results are transmitted to Iredell Memorial’s electronic medical records via the laboratory information system.

By embracing the advancement of molecular technology, the Iredell Memorial Laboratory will provide real-time PCR testing for influenza and RSV with a turnaround time of less than 40 minutes.

Iredell Memorial Laboratory provides round-the-clock diagnostic laboratory testing available to patients and clinicians.

Pictured: The Ortho Vision Analyzer