QuikRead go Instrument
Improving patient pathways and supporting antimicrobial stewardship.
Optimising workflow, enabling timely diagnosis and treatment management for improved patient flow.
The QuikRead go instrument is the new generation point-of-care system, designed to support diagnosis and treatment management at various types of healthcare sites including community care. Its ease of use combines with rapid and reliable results to make the system a valuable tool for everyday use.
The QuikRead go instrument is a portable, compact, accurate and fully automatic system for the point-of-care, used for quantitative and qualitative measurements together with QuikRead go reagent kits.
The QuikRead go instrument supports evidence-based diagnosis and correct treatment decisions for improved overall healthcare, especially in primary care settings. The user-friendly technology is fully automatic, meaning accurate results can be given immediately to vulnerable patients no matter the setting. The minimal hands-on time required, intuitive user interface, and result traceability add confidence to the test results and these near-instant results help improve healthcare workflow.
The range of tests available on QuikRead go system are:
- C-Reactive Protein (CRP) – The QuikRead go CRP is an easy-to-use and accurate point-of-care test, which gives quantitative CRP results in 2 minutes, from a small finger-prick blood sample. Accurate measurement of CRP can be critical in the clinical management of patients with symptoms of infection. The full breadth of CRP tests is:
- easy CRP (CRP measuring range 1-200mg/l)
- CRP (measuring range 5-200mg/l)
- CRP+Hb (CRP measuring range 5-200mg/l and haemoglobin 50-245 g/l)
- wrCRP (wide CRP measuring range 0.5-200mg/l). Combines high-sensitive and conventional CRP tests
- wrCRP+HB (wide CRP measuring range 0.5-200mg/l and haemoglobin 50-220 g/l)). A single analysis that provides both CRP and haemoglobin results
- HbA1c – The QuikRead go HbA1c is a reliable and easy-to-use point-of-care test for the improved management of diabetes. The HbA1c test provides results in less than 6 minutes from a small finger prick blood sample (1 µl) or anticoagulated (EDTA or heparin) venous whole blood sample.
- Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) – The QuikRead go iFOBT is an immunochemical FIT test for the detection and quantification of human haemoglobin in faeces, in case of suspected bleeding from the lower gastrointestinal tract. Because of the flexible test procedure, the QuikRead iFOBT is easy to fit into the daily routines of laboratories and in any point-of-care settings. Five (5) days sample stability in the sampling vial at 18-25°C allows convenient sampling at home and time to return the sample to the analysing site.
- Strep A – The QuikRead go Strep A is a simple and rapid test for detecting Strep A (Streptococcus pyogenes), a causative agent of bacterial pharyngitis, in throat samples. The test result – positive or negative – is displayed on the instrument, thus eliminating the uncertainty and subjectivity associated with visual assessment of the test result.
Users of the QuikRead go instrument and tests can benefit from CPD accredited training on Una Health’s e-learning platform. Contact us for more details.
How the QuikRead go instrument works
The QuikRead go instrument is a photometer capable of producing quantitative or qualitative results. The instrument has been designed and calibrated for both photometric and turbidimetric measurement. The instrument guides the user through the assay procedure by showing a series of messages and animations on the display.
The QuikRead go instrument measures the absorbance of the cuvette and converts the absorbance value into a concentration value or positive/negative result on the basis of pre-set test calibration data encoded on each cuvette label.
How the QuikRead go instrument helps
The QuikRead go instrument is designed to support healthcare professionals to make faster decisions, improve patient flow and improve outcomes. The QuikRead go instrument provides quantitative or qualitative results for the following:
- easy CRP
- Strep A
The QuikRead go instrument is already used across the NHS to support improvements for a variety of different patient pathways; including care homes, community nursing teams and general practice. Utilising rapid diagnostics in these areas can support:
- improved antimicrobial stewardship
- more effective treatment
- better allocation of resources
- accessible patient care
How to use the QuikRead go instrument
The QuikRead go instrument is easy to run, the user-friendly touch screen, with simple menu navigation, can be used with minimal training:
Step 1After collecting your sample choose ‘Measure’ on the main menu and follow the instructions on the display. Note: ensure the cuvette cap is fully inserted, with no thread showing and that the gap is facing towards the front. Do not depress the plunger.
Step 2Drop a cuvette into the measurement well in the right position. The barcode of the cuvette must be facing towards you. Note: do not place a finger or any other object into the measurement well.
Step 3The lid closes, and the instrument starts the measurement.
Step 4After the test is completed, the result is shown on the display and the cuvette is automatically ejected. Choose ‘Result info’ to see additional information of the test.
Step 5Remove the cuvette. The result disappears from the display. It can be displayed again by choosing ‘See previous result’.
Step 6If you wish to make another measurement, insert a new cuvette into the measurement well. Choosing ‘Cancel’ takes you to the main menu.
NICE has developed a medtech innovation briefing (MIB) on the QuikRead go for C-reactive protein testing in primary care. Read the briefing here: https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/mib78
QuikRead go® CRP point-of-care test demonstrates the best agreement and lowest bias of 17 quantitative CRP tests evaluated in an analytical performance study by PLOS ONE journal – Full study available here: Analytical performance of 17 commercially available point-of-care tests for CRP to support patient management at lower levels of the health system | PLOS ONE
Most recent Case Studies on QuikRead go:
CRP Near-Patient Testing – A Game Changer In Primary Care Settings – Case Study on QuikRead go® CRP at Lisle Medical, a mobile private GP service in West Sussex
CRP on the QuikRead Go Helps Paramedics Diagnose and Prevent Acute Hospital Admissions – View here
HbA1c Testing at a GP Surgery: A Case Study on Improving Patient Pathway and QOF Compliance – View here
QuikRead go® easy CRP: a perfect fit for the Hospital-at-Home model – View here
CRP point of care testing in the assessment of lower respiratory tract infections in South Powys – View here