Automated harvesting allows the laboratory staff to be used more effectively. The MultiPrep and CellSprint automated cytogenetic culture harvesters allow lean thinking practices to be put in place, streamlining time spent on cytogenetic sample processing and allowing more time for cytogenetic analysis and reporting.
Often experienced staff members who would be more efficiently used analysing or karyotyping cases and signing out reports spend valuable time in the wet lab completing the harvest. This is a very important step as a high quality harvest increases the efficiency of the analyst, who can easily count spreads and detect subtle abnormalities. The harvest does not directly contribute to productivity audits which are becoming increasingly important in cytogenetic labs, measuring every aspect in order to improve TAT. Automated Cytogenetic Sample Processing improves productivity overall.
Because the harvest is a repetitive process: screwing and unscrewing caps, pipetting, aspirating, and dispensing, technologists and staff often become susceptible to repetitive strain injuries. Preventing RSI through automation is an important step for the health and morale of the staff. Automated cytogenetic sample processing allows some relief for members of staff so they are no longer exposed to repetitive motion. The MultiPrep and CellSprint minimise time spent in comprised ergonomic situations.
Another advantage of automated sample processing lies in the reproducibility of results. Each technician harvests differently and over time, these differences can contribute to extreme outcomes. Automating both in situ harvests and suspension culture harvests minimises subtle differences and over time, improves band level and chromosome length, improves mitotic index and creates a standard by which to measure quality in the lab. The CellSprint and MultiPrep Genie will allow laboratories to move towards a higher standard, increase productivity and contribute to lower turn around times.