Labelling Encoding Logging System
Laboratory data play an integral part in patient care and are estimated to affect 60-70% of medical diagnoses. As a consequence, laboratory testing could be an important source of medical errors that may affect patient safety.
The risk of adverse events and inappropriate care due to laboratory errors ranges from 2.7% to 12%, while in a larger percentage of cases (24.4% to 30%), the laboratory error translates into a patient care problem. Preanalytical errors are in a range of 46-68,2%* and more than half are due to primary specimen label error.
Preventing this kind of errors helps laboratories and clinicians to perform at best their activities and to prevent errors that are cause of lawsuit or claim by patients.
Lab.E.L.™ system is a useful instrument for the automatic and complete production of the Patient Kit containing all materials related to blood collection phase, by which it is possible to manage the correct delivery of the labelled tubes and auxiliary labels for other devices requested. Tubes can be loaded walk away through the “tube loader”, inside the columns of the warehouse.
It is possible to manage up to 16 different kind of tubes and all the required auxiliary labels.
The software can assure both real time print of labels at the moment of acceptance of the patient and the production through different selection criteria (by date, by patient id, by division, etc.) Moreover, thanks to such available tools, it is possible to trace the proper blood collection phase, recording all the steps from patient acceptance until the check in of the blood collection in the lab.
Traced data are:
- Date and hour of the blood collection,
- The operator that did the blood collection,
- Type lot and expiring date of used tubes,
- Report on match or mismatch between patient id and Patient Kit
Thanks to the elevated productivity, up to 300 patients/hour, it is possible to manage a big point of blood collection with only one system.
The automatic preparation of blood collection materials make all needed test tubes ready-to-use, already correctly labelled and equipped with the necessary labels for identifying other specimens to be analyzed.
The innovative “Patient Kit” concept allows you to dispose the blood collection materials inside a closed box, avoiding any risk of manipulation, loss or alteration. On its closing label, it is possible to write all information needed for proper patient identification (barcode, ID, division, bed, address, etc.).
The Lab.E.L.™ System allows to prepare all needed test tubes automatically, rapidly and correctly labelled, therefore reducing human resources and avoiding those errors coming from incorrect labelling (mismatched labels/test tubes, labels inappropriately applied). It is also possible to automatically manage the type and lot of materials used (up to 16 types of different test tubes at the same time), carrying out research on them in case of recall. The autonomous management of test tubes allows the user to configure all desired information on the label.
The integrated use of the Lab.E.L.™ System, the Lab.E.L.™ Manager software and a bar code reader allows to trace all blood collection phases, recording and managing information related to the patient (personal data, timing), the operator (personal data and time blood was drawn) (ref. ISO 15189 – 5.4), with the possibility to even trace used medical devices.
All data can be stored and elaborated for statistical use according to different key research parameters.
Lab.E.L. ™ together with SMTS software guarantee also the track of “near misses events” (mismatch) with a further reduction in the risk of future further errors along the processing line: in this way it is provided the high level of accuracy needed to confirm that the right kind of sample is taken from the right patient.