Blood sample collection procedure plays a vital part in the efficiency of patient treatment in hospitals around the world. We often hear about the importance of phlebotomy practice as well as the significance of accurate laboratory results; however, the blood tube transportation process between the point of collection and the laboratory is often neglected although it is critical to a successful diagnosis. Blood sample collection procedure consists of a chain of events and no portion of this sequence is trivial in order to maintain high-quality clinical results, and more importantly, consistent and repeatable clinical results. Studying the chain of events of the blood sample collection procedure, we will understand that it is typically designated into three major activities: phlebotomy, transportation, and analysis.
Focusing on the transportation part in the blood sample collection procedure, let us think about how it is done today. The classical approach is “batch and deliver”; a familiar process we can easily relate to from a factory environment, where the technician collects up to several samples in a transportation device (for example a cooler or pneumatic tube system (PTS)) and then transports the aggregated samples in one delivery at a certain time interval. The disadvantage of this method is that there is the creation of wasted time which has a negative downstream impact into the whole blood sample collection procedure such as inconsistency of ToTAT (Total Turnaround Time), creating capacity spikes in laboratory equipment, and undocumented freshness of blood samples leading to unreliable results due to poor blood sample condition (for example hemolysis, coagulation).
Blood sample transportation is a vital part of the blood sample collection procedure and it should not be overlooked; due attention and investments need to be in place. By using the Tempus600 Blood Transportation System the hospitals get a reliable platform to fill the blood tube transportation gab in the blood sample collection procedure.
The Tempus600 system allows FIFO and real-time clinical sample delivery between phlebotomy and laboratory without compromising on quality while logistically, creates a single-piece workflow that will dramatically improve hospital efficiency, and overall patient satisfaction. A single job but a big process and a very important part of the complete treatment of the patient.