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1 Quality in Transfusion Transmitted Infections (TTI) Testing

2 Teaching Aim To familiarize participants with essential quality elements that govern TTI tests such as validation of test run, types of control used and maintenance of equipments.

3 Why we require Quality in TTIs testing Blood is a source of TTIs (14 new viruses in the past 28 years- one new virus every two years!! ) Quality is Essential to prevent TTIs Lack of quality can result either in TTI or wastage of blood TTI testing is dependent on number of variables which need to be controlled

4 Essential elements governing quality in TTI Quality of the specimen used for testing Quality of kits used for testing Quality & Calibration of equipment used Use of SOPs for testing Type of Controls used while testing Interpretation of results Validation of results Record keeping Training of staff in SOPs

5 The quality of specimen used for testing Sample should be properly labeled Sample should be clear and sterile Lipemic, hemolysed and contaminated specimens do not yield reliable results Bio-safety measures are very crucial to prevent laboratory infections - handling and disposal. Avoid adding preservatives - some interfere with test results

6 Quality of kits used for testing In general kits with highest sensitivity and specificity should be used in a BTS for TTI testing All kits and reagents should be used within the expiration date kits which are used should have approval of certifying authority (DCGI,NACO) Never interchange reagents from one kit to another or one lot to another

7 Quality and calibration of equipments used Always use standard equipment in a BTS for TTI testing - ELISA reader & washer, Micro-pipettes, incubators, shakers etc. Periodic calibration of equipment is vital to maintain quality - Periodic servicing of equipment is crucial for optimal use of equipment- ELISA washers Proper documentation on equipment check and its performance is essential- maintain records

8 Controls used in the assay for testing Internal kit controls : Include the positive control, Negative control. At times may include a calibrator provided by the manufacturer External controls: Include positive samples from the laboratory either pooled or single, diluted or undiluted. Essential to incorporate this to monitor quality in testing procedures Intra-run and Inter-run reproducibility : three slots/run and on three consecutive days

9 Validation It is a way of assuring that a system, process or equipment is performing the way it is supposed to do so.

10 Validation tools Include positive and negative controls in every test run Include additional validation measures where possible e.g. - rapid test with internal control - use of mechanical readers if available: to reduce subjectivity

11 Interpretation of test results As rule all readings (both quantitative and qualitative) and calculations should be checked by two individuals Validation of every run is essential for proper interpretation of results Proper records - print outs of results, calculations of cut off values, graphs, etc. should be maintained Any errors detected should be brought to the notice of the concerned staff and corrective measures instituted promptly

12 Controls Internal controls  Set of controls (Positive & Negative) provided along with the kit  To be used only in those batches of kit from which they originate  Do not detect minor deterioration of kits

13 Controls (contd..) External controls  Set of controls included from outside  Positive (Borderline Reactive) & Negative  Detect minor error in the assay performance Sources of External Controls - National reference laboratories - Commercial control panels - In-house prepared external controls - Pooled test kit controls - Samples collected from other laboratories

14 Preparation of In-house External Controls Select sero-positive serum/plasma Retest the sample with another kit Heat inactivate the sample @ 56 0 C X 30 min If plasma taken, re-calcify it to obtain serum Make serial dilution of the sample with a sero-negative serum NACO Guidelines

15 Making Suitable Dilutions 100 ul serum in tube 100ul diluent in each tube Mix and Transfer Each tube is a 1:2 dilution of the previous tube Discard 200 ul serum in tube 1

16 Preparation of In-house External Controls (contd…) Select the dilution with ER b/w 1.5 to 2 Prepare external control aliquots of dilution selected above Store at – 20 0 C or below @ 1 year After test run, calculate ER for each dilution ELISA ratio = sample OD / cut off OD Once thawed, control can be kept @ 2-8 0 C, 1 wk

17 E.P.C.

18 Need for E ratio E Ratio = Cut off values differ depending on the principle of the test, manufacturer guidelines and recommended protocol for the calculation. Some degree of variation in internal controls results in the variation in the cut off values due to ◦ Variation in incubation condition ◦ Preparation of reagents ◦ Plate to plate and well to well variation (antigen coating) Sample OD Cut off OD

19 OD of the controls would expectedly influence the OD value of the test samples in similar directions. However, the relative reactivity of the given sample and the cut off would not vary.

20 Preparation of QC charts/Levy Jennings charts Include at least 30 runs on the same graph Mean and ± 2SD is calculated plotted on the graph. E ratios are plotted on the Y axis in chart and consecutive dates of runs are plotted on X axis. Change of operator and batch of assay should be recorded


22 Calculation of Cut off The cut off value for ELISA is calculated according to the formula given in kit insert of test. For eg: (The mean of negative control (OD) reading at 405 nm) + 0.2 = 0.005 + 0.2 = 0.205 Less than 0.205 is Negative More than 0.205 is Positive

23 Calculation of Mean: ELISA Tests Collect optical density (OD) values for Controls for each assay run. Collect cutoff (CO) value for each run. Calculate ratio of OD to CO (OD/CO) for each Use these ratio values to calculate the Mean, SD and CV%

24 Mean is calculated as X - ∑X Sum total of E ratio n = Number of reactivity

25 Standard deviation = Each of t he individual values (E ratio) are compared with the mean (X) to find out the deviations from the mean. If the E ration is x 1 then the deviation will be X1 ~ X which is expressed as ‘d’. The deviations are then squared. These squared deviations are added and expressed as ∑d2 or ∑(Xn - X)2 or The result is then divided by the number of readings. The square root of the above value is taken to find out SD = ∑ (X n – x ) 2 n

26 Coefficient of Variation – - it is expressed as the percentage and the following formula is used. SDx 100 CV (%) = Mean (X) - CV less than 10% is considered as an indication of little variation

27 L J chart –Scope and application Detection of the following Systematic variation Random variation Lot to lot variation Day to day variation

28 Applications of control charts Highlight the outliers ( values outside +/- 2 SD) Reveal batch to batch variation Reveal operator to operator variation Changes in assay performance even when test runs are valid

29 Systematic Variation Trend-Results change gradually in either direction indicating slowly changing parameters-deteriorating reagents, equipment failing Shift-Results fall sharply on one side of the mean indicating a major change has occurred

30 Chart showing shift and trend

31 Interpretation of aberrant results Control values of six consecutive runs fall on one side of mean(SHIFT) ◦ Switching to new lot of kits ◦ New reagents ◦ Changes in incubation temperature ◦ New technical hand Six consecutive points distributed in on general direction (TREND) ◦ Deterioration of reagents ◦ Slowly faltering equipment.

32 Random Variation Observance of one result significantly different from other results without any pattern Causes o Transcription errors o Sample mix-up o Poor pipette precision o Poor mixing of samples o Reader not calibrated o Washing inconsistent

33 Common source of errors in TTI testing Transcription errors- mislabeling, data entry Errors in addition of samples to the plate - interchanging specimens Lack of equipment maintenance & calibration - Fungus on filters, volumes Poor technique Sudden change of staff / kit used in the BTS Lack of periodic training and updating of SOPs/ manuals

34 Error management in TTI testing Transcription errors- mislabeling, data entry - Vigilance Errors in addition of samples to the plate - interchanging specimens - Vacant slot in rack Lack of equipment maintenance & calibration - Fungus on filters, volumes - Fixing responsibility & supervision Poor technique - Training of staff, Supervision Sudden change of staff / kit used in the BTS - Training Lack of periodic training and updating of SOPs/ manuals - Vigilance and Supervision

35 ELISA Reader Quality Control of Equipment

36 ELISA Reader….contd.  Photometric instrument  filter should be protected from moisture and fungal growth  keep silica gel packs in the filter box  Calibration is done every six months (supplier)  OD of special plates & standard colour solution are recorded  Results of OD should be within 10% of expected  Daily check – negative & positive controls added to each run

37 ELISA Washer After Use- Fill the rinse bottle with about 500 ml of distilled water. Dispose off the unused wash bufffer. Rinse with distilled water, a couple of times and leave about 500 ml in the wash bottle. Fix the cap tightly.

38 Water baths & Incubators  Daily recording of temp. using a calibrated thermometer  Acceptable results are the expected temp. ± a narrow range (± 0.5°C) predetermined by the laboratory

39 Pipette

40 Maintenance of Pipette Do not dispense volatile / corrosive materials as it will disturb the vaccum Volume should be increased or decreased gradually Pipette must always be returned to zero position after use Always store pipettes in vertical or erect position in a holder Pipette snout must cleaned regularly with moist filter paper after use

41 Calibration of Pipette  All items at ambient room temp.  Record the weight of empty beaker  Record the temp. of tube with distilled water  Pipette a known volume of distilled water (expected volume)  Record: [wt of beaker + D.W.] – wt of empty beaker = weight of D.W.

42 Calibration ….contd. weight of water  Delivered vol.= temp. factor x sp. gravity of water  Repeat this 10 times, changing the tip  Calculate mean, SD and CV expected vol. – delivered vol. x 100  % Deviation = expected vol. % deviation< 1.5% CV< 1%

43 Learning outcome To understand the essential quality elements in TTI testing Interpretation of test results Importance of validation Maintenance of equipments in TTI testing lab

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