Where does a Laboratory Automation System start and where does it end? Does the system start at the check-in desk or when the samples are put on the preanalytical line?
We believe it all starts with the patient!
The proces is initiated when the doctor orders a blood sample analysis. A requisition is registered in the Laboratory Information System and, now the laboratory is aware that a test must be done and on which patient.
After the blood sample is drawn it must be transported to the laboratory. This could be a journey of few meters or perhaps 500 meters. The distance is not important if you have a reliable and dedicated transport system like Tempus600. Simply place the sample in the inlet of the Tempus600 sending station and the sample is on its way to the laboratory. The procedure only takes 5 - 10 minutes. When the sample lands in the laboratory 15-60 seconds later the preanalytical phase start up immediately. In total 11 minutes is used and it is all tracked in the Laboratory Information System.
Afterwards the laboratory work start up - decapping, aliquoting, centrifuge, analyze, storage etc. This can vary between 15-60 minutes. Finally the doctor receives the result by e-mail and the patient can be treated immediately.
The laboratory automation starts with the patient and ends with the patient and, the total turn-around time for the blood samples is only 26-71 minutes.