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M. C. Salfa, V. Regine, M. Giuliani, M. Ferri, B. Suligoi e la Rete Nazionale dei Laboratori per le Infezioni Sessualmente Trasmesse, “La Sorveglianza delle Infezioni Sessualmente Trasmesse Basata su una rete di Laboratori: 16 Mesi di Attività,” Notiziario ISS, Vol. 23, No. 10, 2010, pp. 11-15.

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  • TITLE: How Liquid Based Microbiology Can Change the Workflow in the Microbiology Laboratories

    AUTHORS: Carla Fontana, Marco Favaro, Cartesio Favalli

    KEYWORDS: Workflow; Liquid-Based Microbiology; Specimen Processor; Molecular Assays; Rational Use of Laboratory Resources

    JOURNAL NAME: Advances in Microbiology, Vol.3 No.6, October 24, 2013

    ABSTRACT: Liquid-based microbiology (LBM) is the future for the technological development of microbiology laboratories. In particular, the Eswab system (by Copan) simplifies and streamlines specimen collection and represents the only liquid system supporting the recovery of all types of bacteria (aerobic, anaerobic, and fastidious bacteria). In addition, LBM offers advantages in the efficiency of microorganism recovery and ease of sampling, transport, and storage. LBM also allows the introduction of true automation in the laboratory: either by using Copan ? (Walk-Away Specimen Processor) or any other commercially available specimen processor that utilizes LBM. In this paper, we illustrate how LBM can positively change laboratory workflow by illustrating several years of our experience with LBM. LBM allows clinical specimen optimization and has several important advantages: cost reduction (due to the smaller number of different devices used), time savings for medical or nursing staff (less confusion in collection device selection and fewer samples being collected), time savings for laboratory staff (fewer samples to access and handle for individual investigations), and patient comfort improvement (multiple sample collection can be avoided). A unique collection device for several investigations also guarantees quality due to the uniformity of the sample and standardization of procedures.