Today, laboratory automation is a key issue for hospitals around the world.
Hospitals and laboratories focus on improving their turnaround time for blood samples. An efficient way to reduce turn-around time is to transport and analyze blood samples by the FIFO principle (first in, first out). This can be done by implementing a one-piece flow of blood samples from the ward to the lab instead of bundling the samples before sending them.
When the laboratory receives the blood samples in an even flow you avoid peak times and queuing of samples. Optimal use of the analysis equipment can also be achieved. Sometimes it is even possible to spare an analyzer in the laboratory.
Compared to a one-piece flow, working in batches can increase processing time. Here is an example.
The batch, let’s say 5 samples are coming out of the tube (PTS). First you need to unpack them and then you must walk from the PTS receiver to the analyzing equipment. In an ordinary hospital the walking distance between the PTS receiver and the analyzing equipment is 10 meters. The laboratory receives approximately 2500 samples daily, this means walking 5 km with the samples each day. The average walking speed is 5 km pr. hour. This is 1 hour walking a day for one person.
Tempus600 solution connects the ward directly to the lab. Thus, all the samples arrive in the lab within a minute, every time, without any priority and change of hands. Removing bundles of blood samples and instead handling the samples by the FIFO principle, allows hospitals to benefit from the efficiency of the analysis equipment and reduce the processing time of blood samples. This leads to the fastest and best treatment of patients which again leads to savings in bed time!
Laboratory automation; TEMPUS is your solution.