Intelligent and safe handling of blood samples
Gibotech’s robotic solutions for the automatic handling of blood samples at the hospitals help increase efficiency so that more samples can be processed than during manual handling. The samples are recognized and registered by a robot that automatically sends the samples to the right laboratories. The automatic handling of the samples minimizes tedious, manual procedures where errors typically occur and cause a risk for work-related injuries. At the same time, the robot provides a continuous flow of samples that result in a short and reliable response time.
The robot that automatically handles blood samples at Odense Universitetshospital.
Gibotech has developed GiboSort – a special robotic solution for the handling of blood samples; from the general practitioner and all the way to the laboratories at the hospitals. The automatic handling of the blood samples minimizes the risk of errors that might occur during manual handling and shortens the transportation time, which helps increase the efficiency significantly. The blood samples are transported from the GP in special-made transportation boxes and are delivered at the hospital and at GiboSort’s internal delivering system. Then the boxes are sent to the sorting robot that empties the boxes and sorts the samples. It then sends the samples to the analysis lines where they mix with the hospital’s internal samples. No samples are lost and there is no queuing. The robot uses a camera to identify the content of the boxes and it is able to see if the samples are centrifuged or not. The robot prioritizes the boxes with urgent samples, and samples that cannot be identified are sent to a special box for manual handling.
Focus on key tasks While a robot takes care of the tedious work of handling and sorting blood samples, the hospital staff can concentrate on their key tasks and focus on solving quality assurance and validation tasks and be diagnostic partners in the clinical departments where they are closer to the patients.
One of a kind GiboSort is developed with an intelligent sorting robot based on thoroughly tested and efficient concepts and products from the industry. The robot was first installed at the North Zealand hospital; Hillerød in 2015, where they automatically unpack and sort samples from the GPs. GiboSort was the only robot in Denmark that can handle blood, pathology, and microbiological samples.
It’s amazing to get the opportunity to test new robotics technology here and now. It gives us a technological head start for when we in 2020 move to the new super hospital. The experiences we get now are a vital basis for the development of our laboratory with the newest technology. The gain is the absolute highest patient safety
Continuous flow The automatic handling and sorting of samples provide a continuous flow of samples. This results in a short and reliable response time that in the end will benefit the patients. At the same time, the automatic process improves the pre-analytical quality, which results in higher patient safety.
Automatic troubleshooting The robot in GiboSort is able to detect errors and it is able to see if samples have been centrifuged or not and if a tube is filled correctly. And it can detect if a practice makes systematical errors so that the staff does not have to manually register errors. Instead, they get statistical data that shows what kind of errors occurs and where they occur, which provides greater safety for the patients.
Automatic systems for the handling of blood samples can be constructed in many different ways. We are specialists in constructing, adapting and optimizing robots and machines for the handling of blood samples, and we, therefore, want our customer’s request and demands before we give an offer. Therefore, get a completely non-binding phone meeting or a meeting at yours or our company so we can identify your requirements and options together.