New equipment in Clinical Laboratory enhances patient safety, improves efficiency.
LANGHORNE, Pa., June 11, 2010 – St. Mary Medical Center has become the first medical center in Bucks County to automate its Clinical Laboratory using Siemens StreamLab. The state-of-the-art system enhances operational efficiency resulting in improved workflow and accuracy of diagnosis, while supporting high quality standards of patient safety.
According to Tom Flatley, Administrative Director of the Clinical Laboratory, the new automated laboratory equipment is capable of performing up to 125 different assays (lab tests) at the rate of 2,000 an hour and will advance the processing of chemistry testing.
In addition, the clinical lab at St. Mary also utilizes a new computerized bedside-identification system called MobiLab for the collection of lab samples.
“With the new bedside identification system, there is less risk of mislabeled samples, which improves patient safety and diagnostics,” Flatley said. “The computerized identification ensures that the correct tests will be performed on the appropriate patient. The implementation of these automated systems allows us to provide the highest level of quality, and safe care for our patients.”
The new bedside labeling system identifies the patient using barcode technology, identifies the clinician collecting the sample, and enters the type of test ordered by the physician. Barcode labels are printed and applied to the collected sample at the patient’s bedside. The sample is transported through a pneumatic tube into the lab where the automated lab system assists in performing a variety of steps in routine specimen-processing tasks. Process tasks performed will include logging specimens into the computer, centrifuging the tubes, dividing the samples for different tests, delivery of the samples to the instrument for testing, and preparing the tubes for storage.