Member since: 2020
Organization: Great Lakes University of Kisumu
Great instrument in management of HIV, especially in developing countries.
Application Area: Immunology
"This machine is very efficient especially when giving CD4 count for HIV patients."
The BD FACSPresto™ system includes the instrument, integrated software, sample incubation work station, and single-use disposable cartridges. The system is designed to provide absolute and percentage results of CD4 T lymphocytes and total hemoglobin (Hb) concentration in whole blood samples.
To fit the needs of resource-limited settings, the BD FACSPresto™ near-patient CD4 counter is small and portable, weighing just under 7 kilograms. It can be operated by a rechargeable battery and is designed to handle extreme environmental conditions, including both temperature and humidity.
The system’s unique BD FACSPresto™ cartridges are designed for use with both finger-stick samples and venous whole blood collected in EDTA tubes.
The cartridges use dried-down fluorescently labeled antibodies to eliminate cold chain requirements, simplifying storage and reducing cost. Integrated software provides automated analysis and calculates results for CD4 absolute counting, CD4 percentage, and total hemoglobin concentration. The software also checks counting accuracy of the instrument at power-on self-test and reagent performance with each result.
A number of features make the system easy to learn and use. The large touchscreen interface is operated using graphics, making it language-independent. Technicians simply touch the interface tabs and buttons to navigate the menus and execute desired functions. On-board videos demonstrate system operations to assist in training and use.
The BD FACSPresto™ system is one of the most innovative testing solutions available. Its sophisticated technologies incorporate many checks to ensure quality and consistency of testing, and its user interface and workflow make the instrument very easy to learn, use, and maintain. The BD FACSPresto™ near-patient CD4 counter is delivered with BD quality and backed by your BD regional team.
The BD FACSPresto is based on fluorescence imaging and absorbance reading technology, with embedded software that reads patient samples from a single-use disposable cartridge.