Helena Actalyke Mini II Activated Clotting Time test system  

Two-Point Clot Detection

All premiere Actalyke systems use a two-point clot detection mechanism – one at 0° and another at 90°. This two-point system enables Actalyke to detect a clot at early fibrin formation and is less affected by clot stability. As the clot forms, the magnet travels away from detector 1 toward detector 2. Once it reaches the 46° threshold, the detectors in tandem signify an endpoint. The end result is greater test result reliability, especially on highly heparinized and diluted samples.

The Actalyke Activated Clotting Time test system takes a bold step forward in the management of heparin anticoagulation. Actalyke analyzers are for use at the point of care during cardiopulmonary bypass, cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, hemodialysis and other procedures where heparin monitoring with accurate ACT results is needed. For enhanced user flexibility and cost-effectiveness. Actalyke instruments and test tubes are interchangeable with other ACT systems using electromagnetic clot detection principles.

  • The MINI II is the simplest, least expensive ACT instrument available, yet it retains high sensitivity, 2-point clot detection for greatest reliability. Performance, linearity and CVs parallel larger Actalyke analyzers. It’s ideal for use in the catheterization, dialysis or the surgical suite. Optional battery pack available.
  • 6” Footprint – The MINI II features a very small footprint, but has a very large high visibility screen. Operation of the MINI II is extremely simple. Just insert the ACT reagent tube containing whole blood and push the button.
  • Full Cross-Compatibility – The MINI II is fully compatible with all ACT tubes. Helena offers a full line of Actalyke ACT tubes, including traditional glass bead, kaolin and celite, plus new MAX-ACT.

Actalyke Reagent Tubes

MAX-ACT, C-ACT, K-ACT, G-ACT
Helena offers a full line of Actalyke ACT tubes, including traditional glass bead, kaolin, celite plus new MAX-ACT. MAX-ACT uses a blend of celite, kaolin and glass bead. Factor XII has been found to be multi-species in nature and may not be fully activated by-one type of activator. By using a cocktail of activators, MAX-ACT provides maximal activation of Factor XII resulting in greater heparin specificity and exceptional linearity.

MAX-ACT Tubes, MAX-ACT : (Gray Flip-Top), 50 tubes/box

MAX-ACT Tubes, with an upper linearity limit of 6 units of heparin per mL of blood, are ideal for monitoring patients receiving moderate to high heparin dosages. For maximum heparin specificity, MAX-ACT contains multiple particulate activators – kaolin, celite, and glass beads – that ensure maximal Factor XII activation and compensate for potential patient sensitivity to a single activator. To perform test, simply add 0.5 cc of whole blood to the MAX-ACT tube, mix and insert into the Actalyke. Results are displayed in seconds. Store tubes at room temperature.

Celite Tubes C-ACT : (Black Flip-Top), 50 tubes/box

C-ACT Tubes contain a celite (diatomaceous earth) activator and can be used to monitor patients undergoing procedures requiring administration of moderate to high heparin concentrations. Perform testing by adding 2.0 cc of whole blood to the tube, mix, and insert tube into the Actalyke. Store Celite ACT tubes at room temperature.

Glass Bead ACT Tubes, G-ACT : (White Flip-Top), 50 tubes/box

The Glass Bead ACT is useful for monotoring patients undergoing procedures requiring low to moderate heparin dosages. Testing requires adding 2.0 cc of whole blood to the tube, mix, and insert tube into the Actalyke. Store tubes at room temperature.

 Quality Control

XL-ECT Actalyke Electronic Clotting Tube

The Electronic clotting Tube simulates patient sample clots at three therapeutic heparin levels (100, 300 and 500 seconds) for daily quality control of all Actalyke instruments.

Control Kits – Each QC kit delivers two levels of quality control: normal and high. Lyophilized controls provide quick reconstitution, convenient sizing and economical pricing. After reconstitution, controls are stable 1 hour at room temperature. Kit contents: 10x1mL QC Level 1, 10x1mL QC Level 2 (AQC-LP) or Level 3 (AQC-HP), 2×10 mL Calcium Chloride, and 2×10 mL Diluent.

AQC-HP : Level 1 and 3 Controls for MAX-ACT, C-ACT, K-ACT
AQC-LP  : Level 1 and 2 Controls for G-ACT