How to improve the efficiency of a medical lab
The hospital environment is becoming increasingly stressful to work in, not only for the laboratory personnel, but also for other medical workers. This is because of the steady growth in the population that is demanding for such services. In spite of a steadily rising workload, you, as the lab technician is expected to deliver results fast and with minimal mistakes. Besides, ensuring that all the regulatory compliance as well as keeping the cost of the process relatively down as you exploit the best of your staff skills. So, how do you maximize the efficiency of the laboratory?
Keeping the competitive edge
As mentioned earlier, the health sector is one of the areas that is witnessing unprecedented pressure than any other sector world-over. This is largely due to the cropping up of organisms that are drug resistant and all the health risks it carries with it. Your role as a clinical laboratory technician is just as critical as it is challenging. What this means is that it is required of you to output greater performance while striving to counter these challenges. In simple terms, do more with less.
A critical look at the stories of patients reminds you of how much the laboratory is desperate for optimum performance. Besides, it provides the opportunity into how you can exploit the full potential of your lab to achieve the best patient results and the competitive edge required.
Solution: Maximize laboratory efficiency
Ask yourself critical questions like ‘how can you make the story of your patient better?’ Foremost, you need to appreciate that there is plenty of room for new efficiencies in your laboratory but only if you know how to access them. Use the available resources to improve the productivity of the laboratory significantly. In doing this, you may consider the following:
Sharing responsibilities is just as important in the lab as anywhere else. Make certain individuals responsible for a given area of the lab regarding its organization and general cleanliness. This will ultimately ensure that all the benches and other areas are clean enough for you to work on.
Besides, ensuring that the inventory is visible will take you a long way in reducing the time you will have to move around in search of something. Ideally, instead of keeping the cardboard boxes with the inventory at every corner of the lab, it is prudent to have clear storage boxes so that it becomes rather obvious when you are running out of stock. In addition, cardboard is a haven for most microorganisms that may cause even more harm especially with their presence in the laboratory.
Always be on the prowl for new products in the market that can increase your efficiency in the laboratory. There are plenty of companies world over that are springing up with new equipment with the purpose of making it easier and faster for operations in the laboratory to be successful. Keep an eye for such equipment together with the new generation of programmable laboratory equipment.
Even more importantly, you must see to it that the equipment is maintained. One way to help you maintain your instruments is putting the quality of the particular instrument against your need and then acting accordingly.
In conclusion, a medical lab, like anywhere else, is a place that should remain as clean as it is efficient.