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Doing More with Less: Lab Improves Speed and Efficiency without Adding Staff
The Holy Spirit Health System microbiology lab was struggling with the same staffing challenges many microbiology labs face every day – an aging workforce with a shortage of skilled resources to replace them. The lab needed a solution to elevate productivity, improve staff utilization and compress time-to-result.

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Large Centralized Lab Realizes Dramatic Reductions in Turnaround Times by Embracing Process Improvement Techniques
Like all labs, the Florida Hospital System’s lab faces significant challenges, including the constant pressure to do more with less, decrease turnaround times (TATs), and contribute to decreased length of stays. In addition to these, the Florida Hospital Orlando Lab receives batch samples from a geographically large and populous area. All plating is done locally at each hospital, batched and shuttled to Orlando.

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Reference Laboratory with High Volumes Implements LEAN Principles to Meet Growing Demand for Faster Turnaround Times
The Sunrise Medical Laboratory in Hicksville, New York is a large reference laboratory that provides microbiology testing for many private physicians and nursing homes, as well as some area hospitals. Facing ever-increasing demand from their clients for faster turnaround times (TATs), Sunrise faced the challenge of meeting these demands without increasing costs and without compromising quality. Physician clients were concerned about TATS, particularly on the weekend and the Sunrise staff routinely faced a huge workload at the beginning of each week. With lab management unable to hire additional staff to address client demand, they needed to look at potential methods and processes for improving lab efficiency in order to optimize their workflow.

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Food & Pharma

Optimized Integration of New Technologies (TEMPO®) in a Food Microbiological Laboratory Using the Lean Principles
With the development of innovative and automated solutions for food microbiological laboratories as TEMPO®, it becomes increasingly important to integrate them in the best and most efficient way. The main challenge is to manage and combine automated methods with traditional methods in the analysis process in order to optimize the workflow and improve the laboratory’s productivity.

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The Lean approach to optimize quality indicator testing in a food microbiological laboratory
Created in 1999, ControlVet is a large private food laboratory performing the microbiological analysis for an increasing number of industries and retailers in Portugal. The laboratory is strongly focused on performance improvements, and the most efficient use of lab space.

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