Has anyone been having an increased in code 149 while using the Abbott Beta HCG cartridges?




Katherine Ranallo, MT (ASCP)

Point of Care Technical Manager, HCA Richmond Market

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Our site is struggling with BHCG cartridge QCC 149.  Our BHCG cartridge failure rate is greater than 10 % for the last 4 months. Abbott tech support is aware and an investigation is pending. We have performed ceramic conditioning, reviewed and addressed cartridge storage, specimen collection, competency and replaced iSTATs at the sites but have not been able to reduce the number of QCC 149s.  


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There is a new rapid blood-based hCG test that can detect down to 10 mIU/mL using just a few drops of capillary/venous whole blood, plasma, or serum and very cost friendly. If anyone would like more information my email is I am happy to help in anyway that I can.

Does anyone have experience with the ADEXUSDx hCG Test?  Pros, cons, cost, etc.

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