Allison Elliott-Shannon

UK HealthCare's New State-of-the-Art Pathology Equipment Increases Lab Efficiency

Published: Dec 17, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2012) — UK HealthCare has recently improved its laboratory testing capabilities in its hospitals and clinics with new state-of-the-art equipment designed to  increase testing capacity and deliver reliable results with greater efficiency. 

 

The main core clinical laboratory is located in University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and processes approximately 3,000 to 5,000 test tubes daily, and provides between two million and three million individual test results per year. The new Roche system handles the vast majority of the most common laboratory tests run by the hospital. As UK HealthCare grows and cares for more patients, this new equipment will enable the lab to handle the increased demand for diagnostic tests without slowing down the testing process.

 

"These laboratory automation solutions are perfectly aligned with UK’s overall vision to constantly improve healthcare with high-quality patient care and safety,” said Dr. Ron Whitley, the core laboratory director. “The high volumes of testing we do make it essential that we have the highest-capacity and most efficient laboratory equipment available.”

 

The Roche system is a significant advancement in robotics and automation. It combines two major components:  the new cobas modular analyser 8000 series, which includes the cobas ISE, c701, c502 and e602 modular chemistry and immunochemistry analyzers, and modular pre-analytics sample handling system. This high-volume, automated system allows patient blood samples to pass through the testing process untouched by human hands.

 

The Roche system uses a mechanical track-like conveyer belt controlled by a central station that manages each patient sample individually. A sample travels along the belt where it is centrifuged, de-capped, divided into sample cups (or into labeled tubes), sorted, and then sent to the analyzers.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison Elliott, allison.elliott@uky.edu

 

blood_sample_vitamind.jpg
December
 
1
Resumes and Cover Letters
Circle of Love Gift Return
Mon
2
UK Guitar Studio
Circle of Love Gift Return
Tue
3
Networking and Job Search
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Wayne's World
Study Sounds: Classical Concert
Wed
4
LNFS Presents: Frozen
Ballet Music of Tchaikovsky
Circle of Love Gift Pick-Up
Live Screening of Orion Spacecraft Re-entry
Massage on the Go
Thu
5
LNFS Presents: Winter's Bone
LNFS Presents: Gremlins
Open Studio
Circle of Love Gift Pick-Up
Fri
6
Snow Skiing @ Perfect North Slopes
Sat
7
Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Fayette Mall
Sun
8
Undergraduate Research Information Session "How to Find a Faculty Mentor"
Mon
9
Job Club - Identifying Your Skills
Paws for Stress Relief
Tue
10
 
Wed
11
 
Thu
12
Last Day of Classes
Fri
13
 
Sat
14
Free Holiday Shopping Shuttle to Fayette Mall
Finals Treats
Sun
15
Final Exams
Crunch Brunch
Mon
16
Final Exams
Jazzy Holiday Concert
Tue
17
Final Exams
Caregiver Support Group
Wed
18
Final Exams
Thu
19
Final Exams
End of 2014 Fall Semester
Fri
20
 
Sat
21
 
Sun
22
 
Mon
23
 
Tue
24
 
Wed
25
 
Thu
26
 
Fri
27
 
Sat
28
 
Sun
29
 
Mon
30
 
Tue
31
 
Wed
 
 
 
Jan 14
Bicycle Trivia 01/14/2015

Wed, 01/14/2015

Fri, 01/16/2015

Wed, 01/21/2015

Reset Page