Quality assessment of CoaguChek point-of-care prothrombin time monitors: Comparison of the European Community - Approved procedure and conventional external quality assessment

Leon Poller, Michelle Keown, Saied A. Ibrahim, Felix J M Van Der Meer, Anton M H P Van Den Besselaar, Armando Tripodi, Jörgen Jespersen, Pieter Meijer, Cornelis Kluft

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Abstract

Background: There is a need for dependable quality assessment (QA) of the widely used CoaguChek point-of-care testing prothrombin time monitor. By use of the prescribed set of 5 CoaguChek certified international normalized ratio (INR) QA plasmas, we compared the reliability of the immediate QA of individual monitors described in the European Community-recommended Technology Implementation Plan with conventional external QA analysis. Methods: Experienced staff tested CoaguChek point-of-care monitors in routine use for controlling oral anticoagulant dosage at 9 Netherlands Thrombosis Service Centres. Testing was performed with both the certified CoaguChek INR for a set of 5 QA individual plasmas from the Eur Con Action on Anticoag (ECAA) and conventional external QA analysis. Results: Patients brought 523 CoaguChek monitors to our service centers for assessment. The proportion with unsatisfactory performance indicated by a 15% deviation from the ECAA set was compared with 15% deviation from overall median INR of all CoaguChek monitors in the survey, as in conventional QA analysis. The results were similar (20.3% and 18.5%, respectively). Interlot differences of CoaguChek test strips were detected, but the incidence of unsatisfactory performance was similar with both analyses, from 6.5% to 37.5% with the certified INR method and from 5.9% to 33.3% with the overall median analysis. Conclusions: The results validate the use of the European Action on Anticoagulation rapid single-instrument QA-specific procedure for CoaguChek users compared with the nonspecific conventional QA analysis that relies on deviation from the overall median INR.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1843-1847
Number of pages5
JournalClinical Chemistry
Volume52
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry

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