WHAT IS AN IDEAL LABORATORY?
An Ideal Medical Laboratory is a set up which is functional, adaptable, expandable, efficient and most importantly safe for all users. The process of lab designing is a complex one. Ideally the focus should be on functionality with uncompromising quality, health & safety, convenience and energy conservation. In Lab establishment, whether a new construction, expansion, or a renovation project, it is not only simple to buy the reasonable equipment with allowable room for adaptation to accommodate future technological advances, but it is also a judicious use of available budget. A comprehensive consideration of the overall planning of lab, rational layout, and graphic design, as well as economic and eco friendly use of electricity, air and water, and due consideration to ventilation, air purification, effluent treatment, safety, environmental protection, infrastructure and basic conditions is of paramount importance.
PLANNING AND DESIGNING
Fundamental to the process of diagnostic facility planning is an understanding of basic design principles that ensure future adaptability to the technological advances. Laboratories must have the flexibility to accommodate, as-yet-unknown changes in technology and scientific processes. Modular design is by no means a cookie-cutter approach but rather a simplified approach to achieving a wide range of goals in laboratory design. Medical laboratories vary in size and complexity and to offer a variety of testing services. More comprehensive services can be found in acute-care hospitals and medical centers, where more than 70% of the clinical decisions are based on the lab findings.
THE BASICS OF LABORATORYDESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
As mentioned earlier, a new model of clinical lab design is emerging, one that creates lab environments that are responsive to present needs and capable of accommodating future demands. The first step in the design process is to understand the purpose of the set up. A lab designed for typical commercial analysis of samples can be far different from a laboratory designed for meeting the needs of a process quality control lab, or an analytical research lab.
The foundation for setting up a good lab lies upon the precise planning of five main stream services. Those are
HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning),
Over and above the utmost focus has to be on maintaining the HSE (Heath, Safety & Environment) standards.
In hospitals and other patient-care settings, laboratory medicine Department is generally divided into following sections
Hematology and Immunohematology
Microbiology and Serology
CLASSIFICATION OF MEDICAL LABORATORY
The Clinical Laboratory can be classified based on the number of patients treated on daily basis.
Small Laboratory: A laboratory receiving up to 100 patients per day
Medium Laboratory: A laboratory receiving up to 101-400patients per day
Large Laboratory: A laboratory receiving above 400 patients per day
PLANNING PREMISES AND DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
The Lab Unit will consist of the following Functional Areas
Entry/ Reception with patient waiting area with toilet facility
Specimen collection area (depending on set up) including patient toilets; with all required amenities.
Support areas, (eg. reagents and sample storage etc)
Staff Areas (eg. Offices Lockers etc)
HOW QUALITYKONNECT WILL HELP YOU..
WE ARE WITH YOU FROM 'CONCEPTION TO'REALIZATION'
PLANNING AND DESIGNING
Detailed Project Report (DPR) including Technical Feasibility Study and Project Conceptualization
Facility Design and Interiors
Concept Design (Line diagram with equipment positioning) as per International Standard
Medico Technical guidance on Turn Key Drawing (Civil, MEP, HVAC,MGPS & Interiors)
Periodic Site Supervision to ensure Construction is done adhering to technical inputs
Providing detailed guidelines and technical specifications of equipment & other consumables
Recommendations & Negotiation with vendors
Support during Installation Qualifications, Operational Qualifications and Performance Qualification of Equipment
Strategic recruitment support
Build staff hierarchy that works in the best interest of your organization.
Preparing and providing various level of Documentation required for International Accreditation, like Quality Manual, Quality Management System Procedures(QMSP), Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Files, Formats for daily maintaining, registers.
Staff training on documentation and its maintenance.
Preparing Training module for staff
Conducting various training programmes
WORK FLOW ESTABLISHMENT
Establishment of TAT (Turn Around time)
Staff schedules and rosters
GAP Analysis report of entire Organization as per International guidelines.
Training of staffs on standards.
Formation of Core Quality Team and guiding them through implementing accreditation standards throughout the organization.
Formation of various Committees .
Conducting Internal Audits.
Statutory Compliance Guidelines.
Providing guidelines for various displays.
Implementing policies for capturing Quality Indicators.
Filling Application processes.
Conducting Mock Drills.
Entire assessment support including facing assessment, taking proper corrective & preventive actions against assessor's observations.