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better clinical laboratory workflow with microsampling

A medical office typical of a clinical trial experimentWe live in an age of simplification and streamlining, in which important things seem to be getting ever smaller. In clinical labs, executives and lab directors are in search of new ways in which to eliminate waste, make operations more efficient, and implement a smarter and simpler clinical laboratory workflow.

There are numerous schools of thought on how to improve clinical lab workflow. One new technology worth exploring is microsampling.

This revolutionary blood collection technology carries a whole host of implications that can impact lab operations, potentially making clinical lab workflow less cumbersome, less expensive, and more in tune with overall trends of process improvement.

Here are a few key ways in which implementing microsampling can improve clinical laboratory workflow.

Remote Sampling - With minimal training, patients and participants can collect their own samples, anywhere, at any time. For them, that means less travel, less hassle, and less time in the waiting room, as their lab visits are reduced. For you, that frees up significant time, space, and energy in the lab, which can be applied to more fruitful endeavors.

Eliminating Venipuncture - Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS™) is the first quantitative, volumetrically accurate dried blood collection technology. That makes it a viable alternative to venipuncture in many cases, as it is known to generate results that correlate with the "gold standard" associated with wet blood.

Eliminating Cold Chain Shipping and Storage - With microsampling, specimens dry under ambient conditions, and can then be cheaply sent to central labs through simple post. There is no need for centrifuge, transfer, freezing - or the costly equipment and labor those once required.

Automated Extractions - Numerous analytes can be extracted from Mitra® microsampler tips using common solvents. There is no thawing necessary. And exciting and innovative solutions are available for extraction automation, customized to the needs of improving your clinical workflow.

Getting Results - As mentioned before, the correct use of microsampling technology generate results that correlate with those associated with plasma and wet blood, through accepted techniques including immunoassay and LC-MS/MS.


Ready to learn more about what you can do with microsampling? Reach out to a Microsampling Specialist, and discover how this next-generation dried blood will improve clinical workflow and change clinical and hospital labs for the better.

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