The workload of clinical laboratories is growing rapidly with increase in outpatient services, growth of healthcare facilities, changing patient demographics, increasing associations with other labs, changes in crucial services and enhanced outreach activities. Physicians depend heavily on fast and accurate results of lab tests for disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment. All this points to the importance of maintaining and improving clinical lab efficiency and the necessity of adapting to changing trends with new technology.
Clinical labs perform a wide variety of tests and as such they need to be equipped with different types of lab tools. Besides analyses on urine, blood, and other bodily fluids, tests are carried out to determine blood cell count and the presence of various microorganisms. As they provide important information and support to ensure effective healthcare, these labs must have excellent lab equipment. Essential qualities of reliable laboratory equipment are
- accuracy and precision of results
- fast response
- efficient data processing capability
Labs must continually monitor and evaluate their lab equipment and processes to ensure efficiency. Incorporating new technologies is critical. The latest clinical laboratory equipment such as analyzers, centrifuges, spectrophotometers and other devices from leading manufacturers are designed to minimize errors, raise flexibility and ensure speedy results. Take for instance, the Clinitek Advantus Analyzer by Siemens. It enables automated reading of urinalysis test strips with a throughput of up to 500 tests per hour. Another new product from Siemens, the Clinitek Status+ offers automated checks, consistent results interpretation with automatic timing and reading of each urine specimen, ready connectivity to data management solutions and a comprehensive point-of-care urinalysis menu.
To ensure precise results in quick turnaround time, improve healthcare and productivity, and keep up with competition, clinical laboratories need to adapt to changing trends by upgrading to the latest technology.