The new quality standard in preanalytics
S4DX provides solutions to every stage of the pre-analytics cycle. Fully adaptable and customizable, used individually, in combination or integrated, our range of products bring excellence to the different operations in the diagnostics scope
Frequently asked questions
Are there any limitations on sample containers to be processed by S4DX?
No, S4DX can process all standard sample containers (even pre-labelled) independent of the manufacturer.
Are there any limitations related to sample transport methods?
No, S4DX adapts to every sample transport method in preanalytics; no matter if you use bags or boxes or pneumatic tube systems; no matter if you drive, walk, ride or fly your samples from collection to lab; with S4DX you do not have to change your processes.
Are there any limitations because of preanalytical sample handling methods in the lab?
No, S4DX adapts to your lab routine. No matter if you process samples by hand (manually) or with bulk sorters and other machines. Our system is fully adaptable to all processes.
Are there any limitations on lab-hardware to be compatible with S4DX?
No, S4DX operates with all lab hardware and all lab machines by using common interfaces.
Do I have to change my routine in sample collection?
No, S4DX adapts to your individual sample collection routine.
How are transport conditions monitored?
Transport conditions are monitored by the S4DX Datalogger that continuously records environmental data (time, temperature and shock events).
How is the Datalogger used at the collection site?
Dataloggers do not need to be activated (e.g. pushing a button). They are registered by being scanned and are digitally linked to all samples that are sent to the lab.
How is the Datalogger used at lab arrival?
Dataloggers do not need to be activated for data extraction, they are automatically recognized at lab arrival by the S4DX Gateway (via Bluetooth) for data transmission.
Is the Datalogger reusable and hygienically safe?
Yes. If used in a room-temperature range, Dataloggers will operate for around two years. Dataloggers can be disinfected by wipe-disinfection with commonly used disinfectants (incl. alcohol-/formalin-based disinfectants). Autoclavation is not possible.
Can the Datalogger be processed by a Bulk Sorter?
Yes, the Datalogger has conventional blood tube dimensions and can be processed by standard bulk- or sample sorter. The Datalogger will be sorted out automatically.
Is the Datalogger connected with several collection sites?
Yes, the Datalogger is only linked to the lab and not a single collection site. Dataloggers can travel free within all collection sites of your lab.
Can I use S4DX for outpatient and inpatient setting?
Yes, S4DX is designed to be used in all settings of blood collection.
What are the main benefits for the collection site?
- Automated timestamps – no manual timekeeping of collection or transport departure necessary
- Full order verification – digitally matching sample containers with lab orders
- Barcode verification – investigation on machine readability of barcodes
- Phlebotomist guidance - individual handling advice for samples directly after collection
- Peace of mind – full assurance if orders are complete in quantity and quality
What are the main benefits with S4DX for the lab?
- Less reorders – permanent reduction of preanalytical errors up to 70 %
- Predictive sample workflow - information ahead of time on quantity and quality of samples travelling to the lab
- Audit ready data – on the individual sample in preanalytics, matching with ISO 15189 requirements
Which interface protocol do you use?
We use REST-APIs. Interfaces between S4DX and the LIS are only set up once. After this, export and import will be standardized in routine. We prefer bi-directional interfaces for lab order verification. However, also uni-directional interfaces are possible.
Do I have to set up interfaces with collection sites?
No, S4DX does not need any interface with collection sites.
Do I need a specific order entry system to use S4DX?
No, S4DX does not need a specific order entry system or LIS.
Not all collection sites are connected to an order-entry system – does S4DX also operate without order-entry?
Yes, S4DX can operate without any order-entry or LIS-interface. This limits full order verification, but all other functionalities are still available.
How do you work with sample containers that are labelled with the patient's name?
S4DX is ISO 27001 certified and is able to handle patient information. However, we only scan the barcode and do not make any picture of other information on the tube.
How is the patient identified when using S4DX?
Patients can be identified by the scan of a patient-wristband or any other patient barcode. We do not process any patient medical- or clinical records. Just the patient name and demographics are needed for correct identification.
What information do you process on the courier-driver?
Timestamps for sample pick-up, handover and delivery are monitored, as well as temperature, shock-profiles and transport duration.
Does S4DX provide hardware?
S4DX provides Dataloggers and Lab-Gateways. Devices necessary for scanning or running our applications are not provided.