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We are in the process of choosing new Coag. analyzers and have narrowed it down to IL and Siemens.  I was hoping to get opinions on the liquid protime reagent for the Top 350s that IL says is available.  Also how is their Heparin Xa reagent.  We have a CA1500 now and would change to the CA2500 but I have been having some QC issues lately but my instrument is only 12 years old.

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IL's liquid reagents are excellent!  I just switched to the liquid Readiplastin about 4 months ago and have not had any problems. Same goes for their heparin Xa reagent.  I've been using that for over 5 years and it is the most stable reagent I've seen. It is rare that I have to re-calibrate prior to the 6 month or new lot requirement.

They had trouble with their liquid DDimer reagent a while back, but I haven't had any issues since they were resolved.

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We have TPOS, and have had no significant issues with the PT reagent.  Have had some problems with drifting QC for D-dimers though.

Scott

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Scott - we switched to BioRad DDimer QC.  Mainly because in NYS we have to have a control above and below any "cutoff" values and IL does not have one.  Stability was an added bonus.

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