Blood samples are collected from nearly all departments throughout a hospital, and numerous clinical staff is involved in the process, including nurses, doctors, healthcare assistants, and phlebotomists, to name just a few. Each hospital will have its own procedures and processes in place, but all will have a common theme: there is a clinical need for testing blood samples and there will be an expected turnaround time for the results, from which clinical decisions can be made.
With the involvement of so many individuals and departments, it is important that the process of blood sample collection and handling is standardized and straight forward, to reduce variation and risk.
We can make blood sample collection fast by making the phlebotomist go back to the lab every half hour, but that's not the right solution. First of all, because we are then using highly educated staff as walking transporters instead of using their high skills in the lab.
We can make blood sample collection by hiring low-cost porters, but that's also not the solution because there will be some waiting time and then we are starting up the STAT priority again. Another fact is that every time you move the responsibility between people there will be errors.
This is why we need a system that can eliminate priority, STAT, change of responsibility between hands.
Tempus600 is the only solution that provides a direct route for samples from the ward to the lab and works well as part of an existing procedure, such as electronic medical records.
Tempus600 is able to significantly reduce the handling of samples. In some cases, a blood collection tube need only to be handled by the individual drawing blood. The sample can then be placed into the Tempus600, where it is transported to the lab and automatically transfers to a bulk-loader or track system. Reduced handling can not only reduce the turnaround time (TAT) but, can also reduce associated risks i.e. hemolysis, loss of samples, breakage of samples, or delay in processing.
Therefore, one-touch handling is the most effective procedure for blood collection.
When a TEMPUS600 system is installed in a ward, connected directly to the lab, all the samples go to the lab within a minute, every time, without any priority and change of hands with a lot of benefits such as: always FIFO, free competences, use the mega lab, a specific turnaround time for the analyze and minimum waiting time for the patient in the bed and faster treatment.
This is why the blood sample collection is not a single job but a big process and a very important part of the complete treatment of the patient.