Compact semi-automated coagulation analyser
In addition to a new design in line with the Max Generation, the STart Max has also been enhanced in terms of functionality and practicality. This small semiautomated instrument is comparable to the larger models with new quality control and calibration menus, and a large colour touchscreen benefitting from the standardized “Max Generation” graphical user interface. Features include an effective traceability, the ability to archive patient results, quality controls, reagent lots, and a modern connectivity (to LIS and/or STA Coag Expert, with a USB port and the possibility to connect a handheld barcode reader). Its design as a “drop” shape is reminiscent of Stago logos, but it has also been devised to improve user comfort thanks for example to the configuration of the incubation and measuring positions, the reagents and pipette, and the tilted display. Combining modernity and simplicity, these semi-automated analysers can therefore be found in labs of various sizes which use the instrument with small volume of coagulation tests or as back-up of larger Max Generation instruments. But they can also present some special interest for fully automated optical systems, which may sometimes need an alternative method for their problematic samples.