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Diabet Med. 1993 Dec;10(10):976-9.

Evaluation of glycaemic control limits using the Ames DCA 2000 HbA1c analyser.

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Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, UK.

Abstract

The Ames DCA 2000 is a benchtop analyser that measures HbA1c by an agglutination inhibition immunoassay using a monoclonal antibody. Laboratory and nursing staff measured HbA1c on-site in 78 patients with Type 1 diabetes at the outpatient clinic. Significant correlations were noted with both the Corning Glytrac total HbA1 assay (r = 0.89) and the Novoclone assay for HbA1c (r = 0.95). Mean within-assay CV was 1.6% and 3.0% at HbA1c of 5.4% and 13.0%, respectively, while between-assay CVs were 4.2% and 3.8%. These results are as good as our routine laboratory method based on the Corning HbA1 assay. Locally derived reference population data for HbA1c were produced and patients were assigned to categories of good, acceptable, and poor glycaemic control using conventional recommendations for Type 2 diabetes. There was poor agreement between the methods, with only 22% of patients achieving good/acceptable control using the DCA 2000, while 46% of patients had an HbA1 in this range. It appears that the convention for derivation of control limits for HbA1 does not hold for this HbA1c assay.

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