|08:00 - 08:45
Automation and Integration of LC/MS/MS Assays into the Workflow of a Clinical Laboratory
Dr. Emma Walker, Charing Cross Hospital, London, UK
LC-MS/MS has been utilized in the clinical laboratory for approximately two decades and offers increased specificity over more traditional immunoassay based techniques. Widespread adoption of this technique has been hindered as a result of the high capital cost of the equipment, need for highly trained laboratory personnel and the often labor intensive sample preparation required. Automation of sample preparation and interfacing of the LC-MS/MS system to the laboratory information system has the potential to reduce staff time and increase sample throughput. The options available to improve automation and to integrate LC-MS/MS into the workflow of the clinical laboratory will be discussed, including the steps that we have taken within the laboratory at Charing Cross hospital.