How to Utilize the Backup and Restore Feature of the SQA-Vision

August 14, 2017

BACKGROUND: The SQA-Vision system has a backup and restore feature which can be utilized manually or on a set automatic schedule. For SQA-Vision version 44.3.193 the process has been improved for reliability and simplified for routine use. After upgrading to version 44.3.193 please follow these instructions. BACKING UP YOUR DATA AUTOMATICALLY: Step 1: Insert an…

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Ransomware Prevention and Protection on MES Systems

June 1, 2017

Background: Ransomware is a form of malware that prevents or limits the use of a computer system until a sum of money has been paid.  Variants, namely “WannaCry” (or similar) were observed infecting computers belonging to individuals and businesses, which included healthcare facilities and hospitals worldwide. Recommendations:  1. All SQA-V and SQA-VISION systems are designed…

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Chymotrypsin vs Hyaluronidase

June 1, 2017

Here is a question that has came up: What is the difference between Chymotrypsin and Hyaluronidase? Answer: In the article: Stefan Stephanus du Plessis, Sheila Gokul, Ashok Agarwal. Frontiers in Bioscience, Elite, 5, 224-231, January 1, 2013, the following information on semen hyperviscosity (SHV) treatment can be found:“Semen hyperviscosity can be treated successfully in vitro by…

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Updated QwikCheck QC Beads Storage Recommendations

April 28, 2017

UPDATE: In order to ensure consistent product performance Medical Electronic Systems is now recommending that opened QwikCheck Bead QC Kits be stored @ 2-8°C (36-46°F). The expiration date assumes that QwikCheck beads are stored in their original containers and tightly capped to prevent evaporation. QwikCheck beads are stable and show no loss of expected performance…

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Precision Vs Accuracy Example

April 23, 2017

It is important to understand the relationship and difference between Precision and Accuracy.  Both are important, and both showcase different aspects of a Validation or Comparison study. The image below provides a very nice visual representation:

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No Lubricants During Collection

February 15, 2017

It is highly recommended that no lubricants are used during sample collection if the sample is to be run on the SQA platform.  As you can see in the image below, lubricants can leave an oil looking substance in the seminal plasma which may potentially interfere with the automated analysis performed by the SQA-V and…

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The Importance of Semen Sample Liquefaction and Viscosity for Semen Analysis

June 16, 2016

Question: In addition to the obvious issues with sample loading in the SQA testing capillary, would concentration readings be higher or lower in a sample which has not fully liquefied? Answer:  1.  Running a non-liquefied (or viscous) semen sample will most probably result in inaccurate results for the following reasons: 2.  The sample is poorly…

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Minimum Sample Volume Requirements for SQA Systems and Dilution Options

May 28, 2016

BACKGROUND Automated semen assessment using the SQA-V / Vision requires a pre-defined sample volume to be aspirated into the testing capillary in order to generate a full semen analysis report. The volume of the SQA testing capillary is 0.5 ml and this volume provides sufficient statistical representation of the entire ejaculate, resulting in a high level…

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SQA-VISION Training Outline Now Available

March 31, 2016

Click the image below for a screen shot overview of the SQA-VISION instrument.  The document may be used as a training reference tool for MES distributors and end users looking to train new staff members.  Remember, it ALL Started with a Sperm!

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What is the clinical relevance of distinguishing spermatids from WBCs during a semen analysis?

February 29, 2016

Answer: Leukocytes, predominantly polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN, neutrophils), are present in most human ejaculates (Tomlinson et al., 1993; Johanisson et al., 2000). They can sometimes be differentiated from spermatids and spermatocytes in a semen smear stained with the Papanicolaou procedure. Differentiation is based on differences in staining coloration, and on nuclear size and shape (Johanisson et al.,…

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