Wednesday, March 16, 2022
From left: Thomas Nordkvist, operations manager of the Operations Department, Stina Marina Thon, senior bioanalysts for CBD, Helle Henni Hansen, bioanalyst and Amir and Daniel Blak, CEO, Sarstedt ApS.
Slagelse Hospital treats acute patients in Denmark and has 336 beds. It is one of five hospitals located in Region Zealand that in 2013 introduced new modern technology for ensuring faster results with blood tests and thus faster diagnoses and treatment for patients.
As the first step in this major modernisation, Slagelse Hospital officially opened a new emergency ward in 2013. There is a large distance between the emergency department and Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory, and to ensure rapid response times for blood samples and avoid using staff resources on carrying samples to the laboratory, the hospital management decided to invest in Tempus600® – a system dedicated to transporting blood samples and other small samples directly to the laboratory. In 2013, the emergency department and intensive care department were the first to implement Tempus600®.
Slagelse Hospital opened Tempus600® systems number 13, 14 and 15 early 2022. The development was executed in stages and the Tempus600® systems were implemented in line with the hospital’s development and the increased need for faster analysis results. During this process, the laboratory expanded its capacity with an extra Tempus600® receiving unit for the laboratory automation track, so the staff could send several samples directly to the laboratory’s analysis conveyor via Tempus600®.
A total of two Tempus600® Connection Modules were installed in the laboratory, which land samples in a bulk loader, and 15 Tempus600® sending stations are installed at the hospital – one at each department.
“Previously, the Clinical Biochemistry Department (CBD) paid a service assistant to collect the samples and transport them manually to the laboratory, and staff walked to the laboratory on an ongoing basis. But as the hospital expanded, it became clear that using a Tempus600® made sense. The samples would be transported to the laboratory faster, rather than being collected and transported manually,” said Stina Marina Thon, Chief Bioanalyst at the Bioclinical Department at Slagelse Hospital.
The Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory operates, checks and maintains the Tempus600®, and the laboratory also provides training in the use of the Tempus600® sending stations. Training users to use the Tempus600® systems to send samples is easy and takes very little time, and users rarely experience the system developing a fault or breakdown, explains Stina Marina Thon.
“Our experience is that the Tempus600® systems function effectively and reliably, and therefore we could commit with implementing new Tempus600® systems as we expanded with new departments and buildings,” said Stina Marina Thon.
The Clinical Biomedical Department has two Tempus600® Connection Modules, each of which can receive samples from eight Tempus600® sending stations.
Thomas Nordkvist, Operations Manager of the Operations Department at Slagelse Hospital, believes that the implementation of Tempus600® has been a good technological development for the hospital, as it allows them to utilise the compressed air they already use for other purposes.
In the technical part of the operations department, there are costs associated with maintaining the new technology, instead of when the samples were carried manually to the laboratory. But the costs are outweighed by the benefits of fast response times.
"The big benefit in the operations department is that the porters don't have emergency runs with blood samples. Previously, the porters would regularly have to run a blood sample from the department to the laboratory at 2am. Today, Tempus600® takes care of that for us," says Thomas Nordkvist.
The work to install the Tempus600® systems in the context of the ongoing hospital extension has been flexible.
Recently, before the installation of the three new Tempus600® systems, it was announced that technicians would come and dismantle the ceilings and pull out pipes. The work has gone smoothly and there have been no comments from the departments during the installation, says Thomas Nordkvist.
"Overall, the Tempus600® installation has gone very well, which is impressive considering the installation of the long pipes," says Thomas Nordkvist.
Mid-sized acute hospital with predictable response times for small clinical samples;