Having 100% control of the preanalytical systems’ processes is key to a perfect and high quality analysis result. Today, analyses of blood are very effective from the IVD companies.
These days, machines installed in mega labs are often so accurate, reliable and fast that improvement in efficiency is very demanding and at a high cost. This is why it is more effective to look into the whole process before the analysis of the blood.
Preanalytical systems consist of several different stages:
In order to save time on the overall analytical process, it is advisable to look at each stage and be very accurate in terms of controlling the preanalytical system, collecting information and producing logs about the workflow. However, having all the preanalytical systems in record requires that you monitor all stages on your IT systems. It also demands that you have a connection to the LIS (laboratory information system). Otherwise, you cannot locate the "weak" or "time demanding" stages in your preanalytical systems.
Next, you need to find out which kind of automation you need, such as labelling machines for blood tubes, scanners and handheld computers for selection patients and tubes, transport systems for blood tubes such as Tempus600, and in the lab, if you have a TLA system or you have to move samples from one machine to another manually.
The more automation and the less persons involved in this process, the higher quality and the less errors will occur. Today, with the automated labelling machines from Japan or Italy and blood transport system from Denmark, the preanalytical systems and processes can be automated to the extent that you will have One-touch (only one person touches the tube) from requisition to analysis and the ToTAT (Total-Turn-Around-Time) can be effortlessly documented, logged and highly effective.