One of the hottest issues in a clinical sample way of thinking is TAT = Turn Around Time. Often the Turn Around time is measured only in the clinical analyses in the lab, but now the TAT is including all the phases from request at the ward to the doctor get the analyze. It starts when the firs request is made, then the nurse or phlebotomist draw the blood after the identification of the patient, then the sample need to be transported to the lab, then it is registered in the lab, then it is analyzed and then finally the result are back to the doctor.
If you look at the analytical time in the total Turn-Around-Time there is an average of 20 - 30 minutes. But very often hospitals have Turn-Around-Times for more than 1 - 2 hours - how can that be? Very often the hospital are looking into the analytical time and investing money for gaining some minutes or seconds! Very often the problems are in the logistical transport between the ward/blood collection and the lab. There is very often a big variable in the transport time if it is done by a porter/courier or the phlebotomist need to carry it to the lab.
Some hospitals have tried to use the old pneumatic transport systems in 110 og 160mm but the system is not build for blood and result can be hemolysis (proven in article by clinical chemistry) or mechanical challenges. Another way could be to use the dedicated transport system Tempus600 whom without any packing or any programming are sending the samples directly from the ward to the lab within samples and without errors or hemolysis. Then the Turn-Around-Time normally can be maximum 1 hour but very often around ½ hour. If hospitals then connect it directly to the TLA (Total Lab Automation) they will then have no risk of miscarriage or wrong delivery - this is effective Turn-Around-Time. The circle of TAT is closed!
So if the lab is "extended" to all the different wards there will be no priority, no risk of wrong delivery, no hemolysis and no waiting time because everything will arrive in FIFO principal and with no second hand touch.