Before deciding how to transport blood samples it is necessary to examine why we want to improve the transportation of blood samples. Is it because we need to free up resources? Is it because we need to remove the risk? Is it because we want to increase the Total Turn-Around Time? Let us try look at these two different scenarios:
Scenario 1 : Transportation of everything that does not depend on fast Turn-Around-Time.
Scenario 2 : The main target is to improve and know your ToTAT (Total Turn-Around-Time).
For Scenario 1 there is a lot of well-known solutions such as Tele lift, traditional Pneumatic Transport Systems (PTS systems), AGV robots and other systems.The common denominator for these systems is, that they all bundle the specimen and consequently the transportation time is slowed down. Furthermore, they are dependend on external factors and have to wait for "free" space in the system (like little or a lot of traffic), return of carriers etc.
For scenario 2 the need is a dedicated system that does not have to be bundled. Instead samples are send individually, 100% FIFO (first in, first out) and in real time from the departments to the laboratory. Also it must be able to connect directly to laboratory automation. Tempus600 Vita is the only solution on the market which offers point-to-point delivery and it guarantees fixed response time for blood samples. Additionally, the flexibility to move the system around later on will create the security for the investment in the future.
So before choosing the method of transporting blood samples you need to consider the reason - WHY!