Improving Laboratory Efficiency
Laboratories are an important part of any healthcare facility, and improving the efficiency of these laboratories can have a significant impact on the bottom line. In this article, we will discuss some tips for improving laboratory efficiency.
One of the most important things to remember when trying to improve laboratory efficiency is to make sure that everyone in the lab is on the same page. This means that everyone should be aware of the goals of the lab and what is expected of them. It also means that everyone should be familiar with the policies and procedures that are in place.
In order to improve laboratory efficiency, it is also important to optimize workflow. This can be done by arranging the lab so that equipment and supplies are easy to access, by using standardized protocols, and by streamlining tasks wherever possible.
Another way to improve laboratory efficiency is by reducing waste.
Laboratory path of workflow
Laboratory work is a sequence of key processes in which the laboratory uses resources, such as people, machines, methods and materials, to transform orders for laboratory tests into results and reports for patient management.
The clinical laboratory’s path of workflow comprises pre-analytic, analytic and post analytic process, beginning with an order for a laboratory examination, tissue analysis or blood component and proceeding to provision of the report, any necessary follow-up consultation or administration of the blood component.
The path of workflow is essentially identical for anatomic pathology and the clinical disciplines that include the various specialties of chemistry, hematology, clinical microscopy, serology, special chemistry and transfusion medicine.
Laboratory path of workflow – pre-analytic process
Pre-analytic key process in the path of workflow for the anatomic and clinical laboratory specialties includes all activities from the time the laboratory tests are ordered through the time that the specimens are processed and delivered to the laboratory testing location or transported to reference laboratories.
Pre analytic processes include those for test ordering by the attending physicians completing paper requisition, including verification and clinical orders. With the implementation of Laboratory Information System (LIS) clinicians can order test electronically using the EMR.
Specimen collections may be performed by laboratory personnel at different times and circumstances while instruction for identifying patients, collecting blood and non-blood specimens and labeling of collected specimens, transporting specimens to the laboratory or reference laboratory are being observed.