The transportation of blood tubes internally in hospitals is being scrutinized more and more these days. Especially in Scandinavian hospitals, this specialty area has been getting hugely increased attention from both the departments, hospital management, and laboratories.
The most common containers for blood samples are blood vacuum tubes. The blood vacuum tubes differ from other tubes because of the shape of the lid. The lid is not screwed like an ordinary lid, instead it is held tight by a rubber sealing. Normally the lid is never loosened because of the vacuum inside the tube that draws exactly the blood the tube needs when you penetrate the center of the lid with a needle. Considering the often long distance with many bumps on the way from taking the blood sample to the analyzing machine, these tubes are more secure and offer optimal control.
Blood vacuum tubes are often transported by the staff or sent through a traditional pneumatic transportation system. An alternative method of transporting blood tubes is via the Tempus600 system designed for individual transportation of small clinical samples. The samples are sent directly from the ward to the laboratory, exactly as they are - no risk of misdelivery, loss of samples, or contamination of the system because of loose lids. Both vacuum tubes and tubes with screw lid can be used in the Tempus600 system.
With an average of 80% of diagnoses stemming from the analysis of the blood sample tubes - both the time it takes for the sample to arrive in the lab and the quality of the blood when it arrives, has become very important aspects of a functioning hospital.
This process is made quicker, simpler, and more reliable with the Tempus600, a system that sends the blood sample tube directly from the place where the blood is drawn to the lab. No difficult or time-consuming routines or waiting time. The sample tubes arrive safely, quickly, and with all relevant blood values intact to the lab, without change of hands along the way.
Using the Tempus600 solution for the blood sample tube transportation not only improves the TOTAT and maintains the blood quality, but also savings in important KPI’s such as time, money, staff, and equipment resources.
The Tempus600 system carries nearly all commonly used blood sample vessels used in hospitals today. The system is created to send vessels within the size range of 12-18 mm in diameter and 80-110 mm long. Besides, ESwab samples can be carried by the Tempus600 system as long as the blood sample tubes comply with the standard measures mentioned here.
Blood sample tubes sent from the different wards in the hospital will arrive at the lab, where several solutions for the reception of the samples can be installed. The most common solution is a receiving tray, from which the phlebotomists will collect the samples before placing them on the lab-track. Another commonly used solution is where the Tempus600 pipes are installed and placed directly into the lab's bulk loader from where the samples are lifted directly on the track.
Where blood sample tubes are the essential vessels for carrying the blood, Tempus600 is the essential equipment for carrying the samples, ensuring rapid delivery and values for accurate test results.