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Question ID:
 632
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The Alco-Sensor VXL instrument has the capacity to store a large number of tests in its memory. If a fresh set of batteries are installed in the instrument after the instrument has had no power for a short period of time, the Alco-Sensor VXL will re-initialize the memory database as a self-diagnostic process. During this process the instrument emits a constant beep to indicate that it is performing this task.

The length of time to complete the process, and for the constant beep to stop, is dependent on the overall amount of data stored in the instrument. In software versions with a large amount of data stored this could take up to 5 minutes.

Should the noise persist for more than 5 minutes, please contact Intoximeters Technical Services Department, or your local distributor, for additional support.

Question ID:
 633

The Alco-Sensor VXL instrument is an advanced, evidential quality breath alcohol instrument that features advanced sampling analytics to make sure that the sample provided by the subject meets the minimum sample requirements for your program. When the submitted sample does not meet these minimum sample requirements the instrument will display, print, and store “Insufficient Sample” as the test result.

Common reasons for obtaining an “Insufficient Sample” result include:
  • Breath sample flow below or above threshold values;
  • Attempt to “suck back” while providing a sample;
  • Providing a sample that is less in volume than the minimum volume required;
  • Not completing a sample or not supplying a sample within the allowed time for a sample to be provided;
  • Abruptly stopping the breath sample.
Most Alco-Sensor VXL software versions are configured to allow a subject 3 attempts to provide a successful sample before a result of “Insufficient Sample” is recorded. Consult with your breath testing program administrator for the minimum sampling requirements for your program.
In general, an “Insufficient Sample” result on the Alco-Sensor VXL instrument is an indication that the subject has not provided a proper sample per the requirements of your breath testing program, and not that there is an issue with your instrument.

Question ID:
 473

Intoximeters, Inc. does not claim to be an expert on infectious disease transmission, but it has developed two guides (Infection Control Cleaning and Disinfecting Intoximeters Handheld Instruments and Infection Control Cleaning and Disinfecting an Intoximeters Desktop Instrument)  that list some of the concerns and commonsense steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission while performing a breath alcohol test or while cleaning or disinfecting an Intoximeters, Inc. alcohol breath test instrument.

Additional information and directives on Coronavirus can be found through OSHA (3990-03 2020) or the CDC. The CDC has put out documentation for the maintenance on other types of breathing related equipment such as spirometers that may have helpful information on infections control measures.

Question ID:
 633

The Alco-Sensor VXL instrument is an advanced, evidential quality breath alcohol instrument that features advanced sampling analytics to make sure that the sample provided by the subject meets the minimum sample requirements for your program. When the submitted sample does not meet these minimum sample requirements the instrument will display, print, and store “Insufficient Sample” as the test result.

Common reasons for obtaining an “Insufficient Sample” result include:
  • Breath sample flow below or above threshold values;
  • Attempt to “suck back” while providing a sample;
  • Providing a sample that is less in volume than the minimum volume required;
  • Not completing a sample or not supplying a sample within the allowed time for a sample to be provided;
  • Abruptly stopping the breath sample.
Most Alco-Sensor VXL software versions are configured to allow a subject 3 attempts to provide a successful sample before a result of “Insufficient Sample” is recorded. Consult with your breath testing program administrator for the minimum sampling requirements for your program.
In general, an “Insufficient Sample” result on the Alco-Sensor VXL instrument is an indication that the subject has not provided a proper sample per the requirements of your breath testing program, and not that there is an issue with your instrument.

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