Author(s): Fdinger M, Speiser W, Karabentcheva S, Scherrer R, Veitl M,
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Abstract In this study, the authors evaluated a closed tube total hematology analysis system, Sysmex HS-430 (HS), which consists of two automated hematology analyzers, Sysmex NE-8000, the reticulocyte analyzer, Sysmex R-3000, and a slide preparation unit integrated in an automated sample transport system (TOA Medical Electronics, Kobe, Japan). The suitability of the system was compared with a conventional hematology system (CS) consisting of two single standing Coulter STKS analyzers (Hialeah, FL), one automated reticulocyte counter Sysmex R-1000, and the manual blood smear preparation. Evaluation was performed following the concept suggested by the Austrian-German societies for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine that includes the evaluation of personnel supply. Eight consecutive series with a total of 4,896 samples were analyzed on both systems. Evaluation revealed that the analysis time per series was 238 minutes on the HS-430 and 359 minutes on the CS. The mean analyzer down times because of technical reasons were 36 minutes on the HS and 32 minutes on the CS. The down time because of "nontechnical" reasons was 31 minutes on the HS-430, but 173 minutes on the CS, which was mainly because of discontinuous sample loading of analyzers of the CS. The average direct technical time effort for complete blood cell count (CBC) analyses, reticulocyte counts, and blood smear preparations per series was 23 minutes on the HS and 245 minutes on the CS. In summary, these data show that an automated system like the HS-430 saves 222 minutes of manual activities arising in a large routine hematology laboratory with a mean throughout of 612 samples per day. Furthermore, the system improves intralaboratory turnaround times, avoids human errors by automated sample identification, and guarantees more safety for laboratory staff by minimizing the contact with potential biohazards.
This article was published in Am J Clin Pathol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacology