Authors: Houbouyan, L.L. | Delamaire, M. | Beauchet, A. | Gentil, M. | Cauchois, G. | Taccoen, A. | Yvert, J.P. | Montredon, N. | Roudaut, M.F. | Zhao, S. | Goguel, A. | Potron, G. | Boisseau, M. | Stoltz, J.‐F.
There is a need for quality assurance procedures in hemorheology, especially for clinical and pharmacological studies, which require reliable and well‐calibrated instruments to be interpretable and comparable. Preliminary investigations allowed preparation of standardized SM (normal NS and hyperaggregable HS), and checking of storage conditions (in accordance with the guidelines of the SSC of ISTH) of RBC in nutritive SAG mannitol for at least 2 or 3 weeks with subsequent washings and resuspension in SM. In our study, we compared erythro‐aggregometers of the same brand in 6 laboratories, using the same red blood cells (RBC) and suspending media (SM) for each
…series of tests. EA was measured by laser backscattering with determination of aggregation time (AT), partial dissociation threshold (PDT) and aggregation index (AI). Prior to the study, devices were set up on the same day with the same standardized blood, and calibration data were then analyzed. Within‐assay precision (WAP) was assessed on 3 days for the 2 types of SM (n=18\times2 ). Between‐assay precision (BAP) was assessed on 6 occasions, once every month (n=6\times2\times 6 ). Accuracy was studied with 3 series of RBC resuspended in 10 SM of “unknown” aggregability. Good agreement was observed between 5/6 centers for the 3 parameters of EA. WEP was good: CV of AT ranging from 1.4 to 2.5% for the NS and from 1.4 to 2.4% for the HS. In each center, BAP was slightly lower than WEP (CV: 8–11.8% for the NS and 3.8–4.7% for the HS over the 6‐month study), with no drift, except for one center. Precision was always better with the HS than with the NS which seemed a better tool to assess it. As to accuracy, non‐significant differences were generally found between centers, with similar data to the reference values. This work also stressed the importance of the RBC parameter itself in rheological data. For the first time, a protocol for standardization of EA has been developed and evaluated, permitting the Quality Control of this technique.
Citation: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation,
vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 299-306, 1997
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