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ProTubeTM is the smart unit for the collection phase. This easy-to-install device assists phlebotomists in the draw phase by detecting manual errors at the blood collection point.

It ensures positive patient identification, correct blood tube selection (tube length and cap color) and optimal order of blood draw. It applies perfect tube labels in front of the patient and - after the draw - it checks out individual containers by reading barcodes, assesses process compliance and records the time of collection.

With ProTubeTM, labs obtain high-quality blood samples that make them compliant with regulatory requirements and allow them to obtain the strictest clinical laboratory accreditations and certifications.

It is the ideal solution for outpatient settings such as Blood Collection Centers, GPs and Outpatient Clinics, Ambulances and Occupational Health Mobile Units.

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Benefits

  • Reduction of pre-analytical errors
  • Multiple Positive Patient ID methods, biometrics included
  • Compliant with Lab Quality requirements and Standards
  • Perfect label application
  • Reduction of non-value-added activities by phlebotomists

The ProTubeTM components

You can tailor the composition of your ProTubeTM station to your specific needs by combining various add-ons around the central engine

The ProTube components

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​​​​​​​​​​ProTubeTM Station

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The desktop reader unit can be bundled in various configurations to meet the needs of small to large collection centers.
Its scanner can read Health Cards, prescriptions, barcodes and biometric IDs; the small printer generates specimen labels for non-standard containers; the easy graphic interface offers real-time visualization of the preparation process, thus guiding phlebotomists in the process (e.g. suggesting number of inversions based on tube type; allowing to enter patient data during blood collection if needed; alerting at right time for glucose curves).

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ProTubeTM Mobile
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When sampling needs to be performed at remote points of care, ProTubeTM Mobile is the answer. The smart portable solution assures 100% traceable blood draws in hospital wards or home collection settings.
The system includes a handheld device and a compact, lightweight printer; its clever software downloads the worklist, guides the phlebotomist through the collection process and the Bluetooth printer produces labels in front of the patient - online or offline. ProTubeTM Mobile ensures positive patient identification and safe sample preparation - for 100% traceability and enhanced patient experience.

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ProTubeTM Analytix
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This powerful IT platform aggregates real-time data from all connected devices and allows full process traceability.
Analytix offers customized reporting (graphs and KPIs) and Business Intelligence indicators, to understand how decisions effect outcomes. It tracks the full history of the samples (who, when and what) and traces every single event in the process. It displays relevant information and highlights actionable insights – for an overarching control of the Total Testing Process, including all the steps during collection, transportation and until reaching the Lab.

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ProTubeTM Shuttle*
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ProTubeTM can be mounted on a battery-powered cart, for easy moving in hospital wards or rooms where collection is needed (ED, ICU, …), thus bringing the highest levels of security and traceability of specimen collection to the bedside.
ProTubeTM Shuttle is wirelessly connected to the central control server. Once the patient ID is recognized (wristband or any other identifier) the device retrieves the order and guides the healthcare professional throughout the process. ProTubeTM Shuttle can be mounted together with other bedside monitoring tools.
*Not yet commercially available - coming soon

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ProTubeTM Transport
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The ProTubeTM Transport is a smart solution featuring a data logger and traceability tags compatible with *commercial racks and transportation boxes, as well as a fast-- laboratory check-in station to optimize sample accessioning closing the gap between the sample collection point and the laboratory. Its clever software digitally pairs specimens to a rack and its corresponding box, guaranteeing full sample transportation traceability and chain of custody through authorized transport courier identification.  Moreover, the software automatically registers all samples arriving in the lab and checks whether transportation conditions were compliant with acceptability criteria to verify sample viability.

* commercial racks and transportation boxes are not included

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Protube Reserved Area

For our ProTubeTM users, we have developed a smart platform collecting over 50 interactive tutorials and training courses; they have been designed to let you fully explore the effectiveness of this solution designed for error-free sample preparation. Click on the link

Standards

Compliance with Standards

The ProTubeTM system is compliant with all major international standards and guidelines. It is FDA registered for the US market and CE IVD marked for EU. The ProTubeTM Software is classified as In Vitro Diagnostics Medical Device.

The overall ProTubeTM System is developed and maintained according to the European Directive 98/79/EC, the International Quality System Standard ISO 13485 and the Quality System FDA Regulation 21 CFR 820.
ProTubeTM offers a simplified and automated way to be complaint with parts of the International standards and guidelines, ISO 15189, CLSI AUTO 12-A and Joint Commission. Main features by each standard:

ISO 15189

Patient identification – ProTubeTM displays all the patient information provided by the LIS 
Primary Sample – ProTubeTM displays type of primary sample
Examinations requested - ProTubeTM displays the requested examinations
Clinical relevant information – ProTubeTM displays any relevant information as provided by the LIS
Time stamp – ProTubeTM keeps trace of date and time of sample collection automatically
Keep trace of the operators – ProTubeTM keeps track of the operators using the system at any time automatically
Instructions for labelling o primary samples – ProTubeTM guides operators throughout the process and avoids mistakes
Instruction for patients preparation – ProTubeTM displays all necessary information
Instructions for sample transportation – ProTubeTM can provide information on sample handling post collection

Joint Commission, National Patient Safety Goals

'Use at least two patient identifiers when providing laboratory services' -  ProTubeTM allows up to  5 different identification methods with any combination of those
'Label containers used for blood and other specimens in the presence of the patient' -  ProTubeTM labels containers in front of the patient automatically

CLSI AUTO 12-A

Label size, format, fixing of tubes etc - ProTubeTM is able to print labels in compliance with AUTO12-A for what concerns content and Location, Fonts, and Label Orientation

HL7/IHE

ProTubeTM is compliant with HL7 standards for the interface to LIS (transactions LAB-61, LAB-62 and LAB-63)