Laboratory instruments can be used to import results to LIMS-plus v5. Instrument maintenance and instrument-related Security Roles can also be administered.
Of note, at least six permissions need to be added to a Security Role given to users who will be adding, deleting, editing and viewing Instruments:
- Admin - Lab - Edit
- Admin - Lab - View
- Admin - Lab | Instrument - Add
- Admin - Lab | Instrument - Delete
- Admin - Lab | Instrument - Edit
- Admin - Lab | Instrument - View
At a very minimum, users must be given the Admin - Lab - View and Admin - Lab | Instrument - View permissions. Users without the Admin - Lab - View permission will see a grayed out Lab command on the Admin menu and will not be able to access the Lab screen. Users given the Admin - Lab - View permission but not the Admin - Lab | Instrument - View permission will not be able to access Instruments from the Lab screen and will see a grayed out Instrument Maintenance command on the Others menu and a grayed out Instrument Type command on the Admin => Demographic submenu.
Access Lab Instruments
To access the list of Labs, from which Instruments can be accessed, open the Admin menu and select Lab.
Find the specific Lab in the list and click the Instrument icon for that Lab.
Lab Instrument Screen
To add a new Instrument, click the Add Instrument button (1).
To show both active and inactive instruments, remove the checkmark from the Active Only checkbox (2). The default is checked, so that only active Instruments are shown in the grid list.
To return to the Lab screen, click the Back button (3).
To edit an existing Instrument in the grid list, click the Edit icon (4) for that Instrument in the list.
To deactivate an Instrument in the grid list, click the Deactivate (5) icon for that Instrument in the list.
To export the list of Instruments in HTML or Excel format, or to print the list, click the Export icon (6).
Add a New Instrument
After clicking on the Add Instrument button from the Lab Instrument screen, the Add Instrument window opens. Type in the name of the Instrument (1) and, in the Instrument Detail tab (2), select an Instrument Type from the picklist (3). (Instrument Types are added to the picklist from Admin => Demographic => Instrument Type. Please see the section on Adding Instrument Types.)
To generate and print a barcode, or to register an existing barcode, click the Create Barcode icon (4). To generate and print a barcode, select Generate Barcode, select the Barcode Label Definition and Printer from the picklists, and set the Number of Copies, then click the OK button. To register an existing barcode, select the Register Barcode radio button, place the cursor in the textbox and scan the barcode.
NOTE: To avoid a database error, please click the Save button (5) before entering information in the remaining tab sections (File Import Export, Security Access, and Instrument Maintenance). Clicking the Save button will close the Add Instrument window. To re-open the window and continue entering information, click the Edit icon for that instrument in the list. The Edit Instrument window will open and additional information can then be added in any order.
See the sections below for information about the File Import Export, Security Access, and Instrument Maintenance tabs.
When finished entering information about the Instrument, click the Save button.
File Import Export
The next tab in the Add Instrument window is the File Import Export tab. This is where XSLT files related to importing data from the Instrument and exporting data to the Instrument are uploaded.
Security Roles and Staff Members can be assigned access to this Instrument. Click either the Roles tab or the Staff Members tab, select the Roles or users from the left box and use the mover arrows in the center to place Roles and/or users into the Assigned Roles box on the right.
Instrument maintenance can be accessed from two locations in LIMS-plus v5:
- The Instrument Maintenance tab of the Add Instrument or Edit Instrument window from the Lab Instrument screen (Admin => Lab, then click on the Instrument icon).
- The Others => Instrument Maintenance menu command. Of note, users can be granted Admin - Lab | Instrument - Add/Delete/Edit/View permissions without being granted Admin - Lab - Edit/View permissions. That would give users access to the Others => Instrument Maintenance menu command without giving them access to the Lab screen.
From the Instrument Maintenance tab of the Add Instrument or Edit Instrument window, click the Add Maintenance button (1) to open the Add Maintenance window (2). Type in the notes, change the status from Active to Inactive if necessary, and select a user from the Maintained By picklist. Click the Save button when finished.
From the Others => Instrument Maintenance menu command, click the Instrument Maintenance icon for the Instrument listed in the grid list:
In the Instrument Maintenance window, click the Add Maintenance button to open the Add Maintenance window. As described above, type in the notes, change the status from Active to Inactive if necessary, and select a user from the Maintained By picklist. Click the Save button when finished.