Decreasing Lab Turnaround Time and Patient Wait

lab testsWhether you had a routine blood test performed or something more urgent, waiting for your results to return can be a nerve-wracking experience. Turnaround time (TAT) is a term used to describe the amount of time it takes for results to be reported after they have been ordered. And depending on the equipment and staff a laboratory has on hand, TAT can fluctuate from 24 hours to more than a week’s wait.

Not only will decreasing your turnaround time increase customer satisfaction, but it will also help your laboratory to increase production. Being able to perform tests more quickly and efficiently will allow you to do more testing, as well as providing your staff with extra time to complete paperwork and other office tasks.

If you are wondering how your laboratory can decrease its turnaround time, there are a few different solutions for you to consider, beginning with upgraded equipment. State-of-the-art equipment not only works more quickly than outdated models, but also includes integrated technology that allows data to be immediately uploaded for processing and reporting.

Another strategy to use in conjunction with updating your equipment is reorganizing your sample process. According to a 2015 report published in NEJM Journal Watch, reorganizing your laboratory processes can play a major role in decreasing TAT.

For laboratories in search of high quality, state-of-the-art equipment, ELITechGroup offers a wide range of systems in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics. Learn more about the different markets and medical conditions we service online or by contacting the support center nearest you.