Background.: A system of “pneumatic mail”, also known as a system of pneumatic tubes or hoses, Lamson, is a transport system for delivering objects in some cylindrical containers that are driven through a network of tubes by compressed air or vacuum generated by pumps. Methods.: The work describes the experience IRCCS Policlinico San Donato with the implantation of light transport “Hospital Pneumatic Tube System” T3, produced by Oppent (Advance Motion Technology). Results.: The daily transport of organic material is estimated at 2000 tubes, with concentration in 8 hours (from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.), and an average traffic time No. 250 tubes. The transport speed is 3 m/s; technician time of shipment 37.5 s, the time of positioning equipment 7 s. The maximum number of tubes in a cartridge case is 24; the average number of tubes shipped in a cartridge case is 12; the average number of shipments per hour is 19. The time of sending a cartridge case from the ER to the Laboratory is 3.15 min. Conclusions.: The service of pneumatic tube has significantly increased the degree of quality of the laboratory in terms of efficiency (such as Turn Around Time), of traceability of deliveries and security (as a reduction in the number of losses of the samples or errors due to delivery to an incorrect destination).
|Translated title of the contribution||Pneumatic Tube: evolution of the pre-analytical phase in services of laboratory medicine; organizational and management issues|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Rivista Italiana della Medicina di Laboratorio|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1 2015|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, medical
- Medical Laboratory Technology