Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The good and bad of microbiology lab automation

Here is a summary of the potential quality benefits of “Total Lab Automation” (TLA) systems (e.g. Kiestra, Biomeurieux, Copan Wasp). You might be involved in a business case for one for your own laboratory.

Main advantages:
  • Plate tracking
  • Less menial tasks
  • Better plate spreading
  • Less plate contamination
  • Storage of digital images of plates
  • Standardised incubation times
  • Less time out of the incubator
  • Remote plate reading
  • Plate checking
  • Plate interpretation
  • Redundancy of staff
  • What happens if it breaks down<
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Source: Microbiology matters
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