Today 80% of all diagnoses reached in hospitals derives from the testing of samples in the laboratory. This places high emphasis not only on the capability of the lab in the different hospitals around the world, but also on their ability to deliver these testing results in a timely manner, hence their productivity.
While the figure of 80% itself seems high, reality and the expectations to this particular percentage of results in laboratories today, and in the future, is increasing steadily every year. Additionally, increasing dependability on lab results is the expected increase in tests taken. Many hospitals are expecting an annual increase in samples taken pro anno of up to 10-15%.
Due to these circumstances, terms like efficiency, LEAN concepts and FIFO (first in first out) in both work routines and equipment are at the summit of many laboratories/hospitals agenda.
Too much time and resources are often spent today getting the samples from where they are drawn to the lab and through the testing procedure.
How can hospital and lab routines and equipment bring or keep the lab KPI´s a satisfactory level? The analysis can be divided into to two main sections:
1) Getting the samples from point of drawing to the lab
2) Getting the sample tested on time in the lab
Many labs around the world are moving towards an automation of their laboratories, which enables them to test the samples more efficiently and at the same time lessen the risk of human errors. Hence increasing the testing time in the lab.
However, what about the time it takes to get to the lab from where it is drawn. There are still many hospitals/labs who are relying on "piccolo's" or lab-technicians bringing the samples from the respective departments to the lab; either on foot or bicycle, or on traditional pneumatic posts going through the hospital composed of docking stations/waiting areas and boxes where the capsules can be redirected. This unfortunately can be large installations. The risk is, also, that posts can be redirected to the wrong place or that they can get stuck in the tubing system. Moreover when such a system is capsule based, time is wasted due to the procedure of opening up, packing/wrapping samples safely into the capsule, and upon arrival unpacking it all again.
By installing the Tempus600 system, which is a dedicated line from each sending station to the lab there is no risk for the samples to be sent to the wrong destination. The tubes, in which the samples move, can be fitted to most bulk loaders on automatic lab systems/tracks which means there is only one touch from drawing until to the result is available. Nevertheless, it is no requirement for the installation of Tempus600, other solutions can be made, just like the fitting of reception trays at the receiving end in the laboratory. The tube system is as small as 25mm, which is significantly smaller than traditional tubes resulting in lower energy cost, and lesser space required for the installation. Each sending station can be loaded with 3 racks of 7 samples, effectively sending 21 samples nearly at the same time ensuring a swift transport to the lab. The samples are moving around 10 meters per second, but Tempus600 can be calibrated to the individual requirements of the particular laboratory. All the time saved using the Tempus600 systems effectively results in faster test results, and less resources spent upon transportation, and hence frees up resources for other significant areas of the laboratory processes. It also results in fewer beds occupied by patients who might not need the bed, which is then available for patients who need it.
Tempus600 helps the hospital and laboratory save time, resources and money and one day maybe even lives.