Introduction In 1988 we initiated a complete reorganization of the routine chemistry division of our laboratory. The most important reasons for this were economics, technical aging of the existing equipment and the need for cost containment, as well as streamlining of the sample handling procedures. The existing equipment consisted of a Technicon SMAC for electrolytes and substrates and LKB reaction-rate analyzers for enzymes, together with a DuPont ACA III for emergencies 24 h a day and a Technicon RA-1000 for back-up. Basic requirements were: 1. A test capacity during office hours of at least 5000-6000 tests per day. 2. Two or three identical instruments for the whole routine test panel. 3. Emergency testing on the same instrumentation 24 hours per day. 4. Reporting time of about 30 minutes after admittance of the sample. 5. Acceptable and competitive price for the running costs. Eur. J. Clin. Chem. Clin. Biochern. / Vol. 31,1993 / No. 11 In addition to these requirements we took into consideration: precision and accuracy aspects, technical aspects including computer facilities, reputation of the instrument and/or manufacturer, acceptability to the personnel and environmental aspects regarding the reagents. After lengthy discussions with manufacturers as well -- understandable because
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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