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i.C3® Information Center Supports Clinical Laboratory Compliance

Posted on Oct 23, 2020 by Colleen Holtkamp

i.C3® Information Center Supports Clinical Laboratory Compliance (4)

The i.C3® Information Center is a touchscreen user interface integrated into i.Series® refrigerators and freezers from Helmer Scientific. The i.C3® provides intelligent diagnostic information and temperature data, while providing security features to keep the information safe. It consolidates everything you need to know about the status of your storage device in one secure location.

The i.C3® supports clinical laboratories in their efforts to meet regulations for storing reagents and patient specimens. The College of American Pathologists (CAP) All Common Checklist provides guidance on how these items should be stored. For example, if a reagent manufacturer specifies a required temperature range, the temperature must be monitored daily.

In addition, if the laboratory identifies a problem with a reagent that was used for patient testing (including unacceptable storage conditions), the laboratory must evaluate the potential impact on patient test results and retain records of the evaluation and actions taken.

A clinical laboratory can provide evidence of compliance by keeping records of reagent storage that demonstrate consistency with the manufacturer's instructions. Labs also need to show evidence of corrective action taken if acceptable temperature ranges are exceeded, including evaluation for adverse effects.

The i.C3® Information Center supports compliance by monitoring the temperature inside a laboratory refrigerator or freezer. High or low temperature alarms activate if the temperature exceeds or falls below the alarm limits. Additional features, such as an onboard temperature graph, event log, and downloadable temperature and event files can help support these requirements.

A series of videos has been created to demonstrate the features of the i.C3® Information Center. The first video of the series is an overview that provides an introduction to the i.C3®. It highlights the information available on the home screen and introduces major functions. Additional videos will provide a closer look at these capabilities and more.

Helmer Scientific supports clinical laboratories, the patients they serve, and their efforts to ensure accurate test results. We would like to express our gratitude to all staff involved in the diagnostic testing that is critical for treating patients and saving lives. We are here to help you properly store your reagents and patient specimens.

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Watch our video for an overview of the i.C3® Information Center, and keep an eye on our blog for additional videos to come that will provide more details on the capabilities of the i.C3®.

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Colleen Holtkamp

Written by Colleen Holtkamp

Helmer designs, manufactures, and markets specialized medical and laboratory equipment to customers in more than 125 countries. With an extensive background in Helmer products, Colleen’s focus is on the Clinical Laboratory and Blood Bank segments.

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