Auto-Analyser That Can Do 360 Tests In An Hour At RGGGH Soon

An auto-analyser machine that can give 360 blood tests results in an hour will soon be functional at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.

Published: 04th January 2014 08:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th January 2014 08:13 AM   |  A+A-


An auto-analyser machine that can give 360 blood tests results in an hour will soon be functional at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.

The German-made ‘random axis clinical chemistry automated analyser’ worth `12 lakh procured under the Chief Minister’s Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme will be installed in the 24-hour laboratory in the bio-chemistry department. It will be programmed to conduct 30 basic tests, including blood sugar and tests related to liver and heart diseases.

The laboratory involved in analysing blood samples and giving its results has been functioning 24 hours, as the hospital witnesses a huge number of out-patients, which is about 12,000, and about 3000 in-patients a day. Apart from that, there are patients in 233 beds in the intensive care units and 325 in the post-operative wards.  Hence, it  has become necessary for a lab to function round the clock with technicians.

The laboratory already has eight machines. But they can analyse and give results only for 20 blood samples in an hour, leading to pending tests and a long waiting list. These machines also require manpower to operate.

Doctors, however, say that the newly-procured machine is fully automated and does not require any technicians to operate it. With its capacity to conduct 360 tests in an hour, it can complete about 7200 tests, if it works for 20 hours a day. Also the machine is being fit with a computer that will have special software installed to get printouts of the test results. “This machine will increase efficiency and accuracy in providing the results in a short time. All that a person needs to do is load the blood sample and program it. The machine will do the rest. It’ll reduce the patient waiting list and hospital stay,” says Dr Rama Devi, Professor and HoD, Biochemistry department. The hospital had two machines earlier, but they could perform only about 300 tests an hour.

“We had two machines installed in 2003 and 2006 respectively. But it not functional anymore,” says Dr V Kanagasabai, Dean, MMC and RGGGH.

The hospital authorities say they have plans to procure another machine soon and upgrade the lab with an integrated system.


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