Nowadays in the clinical microbiology laboratory, the introduction of automation can modify the character of how clinical specimens are processed and analyzed. For the past many years, many microbiology laboratories have implemented automation to method liquid specimens which have historically been inoculated to media manually. In some organizations, this automation has been ready to free up staff to focus on alternative tasks and has resulted in increased efficiency in the laboratory setting. Additionally to efficiency, there are ergonomic gains in the workplace due to the pre-analytical plating instruments since tasks that are manual such as de-capping and re-capping specimens are now performed by the automated processor.
This functionality reduces the ergonomic impact of the manual task and improves the workplace environment for the employee. This pre-analytical plating instrumentation is now being integrated within a suite of instruments referred to as Total Laboratory Automation, or TLA, which incorporates digital plate reading (DPR) and middleware technology applied to the cultural analysis. DPR and associated middleware enable the laboratory to analyze cultures in a new and innovative manner. The inoculated media is imaged using a camera within the “smart incubator”, and the image presented to the technologist via the pc screen at the bench. The analysis of the culture happens using the digital image. Further workup, such as selecting a colony for mass spectrometry or automated identification, is being automated yet.
Get to know more about the current technologies in “7th European Clinical Microbiology Congress” which will be held at London, UK on November 1-3, 2018. Website: http://clinicalmicrobiology.alliedacademies.com/