Specimen processing is an important job in microbiology and needs to be done quickly, efficiently and to a high standard. Reliable and accurate diagnosis depends on the quality of the samples and proficiency of specimen setup. Despite its importance, the task of specimen processing is a laborious repetitive activity that takes skilled personnel away from important interpretative work, esoteric testing and new assay technologies that require their expertise.
Laboratory managers around the world face a rapidly aging population of laboratory staff and a higher incidence of unfilled vacancies for skilled workers. Maintenance of precious skilled staff and competency is a serious and increasing challenge, which is compounded by increasing workloads and decreasing resources.
Routine tasks like planting and streaking, Gram slide preparation and broth inoculation all occupy much of a technologist’s time. Opening, sampling and closing specimens numerous times each day pose a serious concern about repetitive stress and fatigue.
WASP®DT: Walk-Away Specimen Processor is a solution for preanalytical Microbiology. It is an open platform, modular instrument, and the only one in its field that addresses all aspects of automated Microbiology specimen processing: planting and streaking, Gram slide preparation and enrichment broth inoculation, to name a few.
WASP®DT is not a closed box that requires the Microbiology lab to adapt to it. WASP®DT is an extension of the laboratory professional. It allows the freedom to walk away from specimen set up and focus on high level tasks.
WASPLab™ is a barcode driven microbiology specimen processor and work-up system that connects with WASP®DT by conveyor track to move samples from front end procession to full specimen management, automated incubation and digital Microbiology.