A great article from AACC’s Clinical Laboratory News on the benefits of using autoverification, a more efficient laboratory design, and a visual TAT monitor to improve TAT in a laboratory. Although I have always promoted the benefits of autoverification, which is much more of a factor in improving turnaround time that automation, I really like the idea of the TAT monitors.
To tackle these issues, from November 2007 to September 2009, we implemented new chemistry instruments, autoverification, a more efficient physical layout of the lab and instruments, and installed a TAT TV monitor to alert our techs of samples that were about to exceed the acceptable TAT threshold. In November 2007 we also switched to new instruments that use a closed-tube sampling system. These efforts enabled us to meet our TAT goal of >95% through July 2012.