Automatic transportation of blood tube samples is gradually becoming an essential part of hospital logistical solutions in today´s hospital environment because hospitals are looking for means to improve efficiency in order to reduce the turnaround time (TAT).
One way of doing this is by automation of the blood tube transport.
A blood collection tube is a sterile plastic tube with a colored rubber stopper creating a vacuum seal inside of the tube facilitating the draw of a predetermined volume of liquid. Most commonly used to collect blood samples in venipuncture, serum separator tubes. Some tubes may contain additives designed to stabilize and preserve the specimen prior to analytical testing. Tubes are available with a safety-engineered closure (rubber stopper), with a variety of labeling options and stopper colors as well as a range of draw volumes.
The blood collection tubes are an essential part of the laboratory diagnostic process. It is estimated that nearly 80% of all diagnoses are recognized based on blood analysis, so the blood collection tubes are one of the most important elements in laboratories.
Several demands and subjects must always be taken into consideration when you want to do "automation blood transport":
Some hospitals fall into the trap "we want to transport everything with one central system". However, this is not possible if you want a positive outcome.
Transportation of blood samples represents on average 85% of all transportation in hospitals and 80% of all decisions in a hospital are based on blood samples. So remember only to do "automation blood transport" don't do general transport.
Many hospitals produce more than 4,000 samples pr. day and some produce more than 10,000 per day, so it is important to remember to keep it simple to handle the system.
Increased laboratory automation is one way of improving the efficiency of the blood sample analysis process. However, it is important to focus on the complete process, from the point where the blood sample is taken, to how the sample is being transported to the laboratory.
Pneumatic transport systems using 25 mm transporting pipes provide automatic transportation of blood samples from point of care to the laboratory. The result is a crucial reduction of the Total Turnaround Time (ToTAT)
Automated laboratory systems increase the productivity of sample testing and hence significantly reduces the process cycle times of the lab. Essentially this gives a higher degree of both efficiency and effectiveness in the laboratory. Even though response times are reduced in the laboratory, there are still several hands involved in getting the samples to the lab. By combining the installation of a 25 mm pneumatic transport system with an automated laboratory gives not only more benefits and savings, but it also gives a better turnaround time.
The combination of 25 mm pneumatic logistical systems and automated laboratory equipment will significantly decrease the blood sample transportation time and hence increase all the positive variables and aims of an automated lab. The operating costs are reduced, the risks of error due to human intervention decreases, and it gives the ability to provide higher quality data.
This process of transporting the blood collection tubes from the point where the blood is drawn to the laboratory has become much easier and faster due to the reliable transporting system Tempus600.
Tempus600 is a system that sends the blood sample tube directly from the point where the blood is drawn to the laboratory. The size and dimensions of the blood collection tubes fit perfectly into the transporting pipe of Tempus600. No harm nor disruption will happen to the blood collection tubes and the rubber stopper on the tubes will remain unchanged for the analysis process in the laboratory. A lost blood collection tube can mean the loss of important information, that can have a vital effect on the upcoming patient treatment. With the closed transporting system of Tempus600, blood collection tubes will always be transported safely and uninterrupted from sending station to the laboratory.
The Tempus600 system carries nearly all commonly used blood sample tubes used in hospitals today. The system is created to send blood tubes within the size range of 12-18 mm in diameter and 80-110 mm long. Apart from blood, the content in the blood collection tubes might also consist of other fluids, such as urine and spinal fluid. Even various kinds of swabs can be transported along with the blood collection tubes and upon arrival in the laboratory be subject to analyses.
Most blood collection tubes can be sorted when they arrive in the laboratory. With an automatic sorting device, the blood collection tubes will remain untouched by human hands up until arrival in the laboratory. Existing sorting devices can be directly connected to the Tempus600 transporting system. Depending on the design and complexity of the sorting devices, the blood collection tubes can be brought directly onto a track that carries the tubes directly to the desired analytical equipment.
With Tempus600 you get:
To automate the blood transport make perfect sense and give great benefits for hospital and patients but remember to consider what you need and what you expect to be the outcome.