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COPAN WASP® Lands at Prestigious Boston Medical Center
Date:10/3/2011

MURRIETA, Calif., Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Medical Center (BMC) in Boston Massachusetts, USA, recently took delivery of their long-awaited WASP® (Walk Away Specimen Processor), which includes a Gram SlidePrep™ Module.  The acquisition was concomitant with the inauguration of BMC's new clinical laboratory facilities, and BMC's ongoing efforts to optimize patient care by consolidating resources and improving workflow within the lab.  

Beverley Orr, MT(ASCP), BMC's Microbiology Technical Supervisor, faces the challenge of many microbiology managers and institutions: How to maintain a quality operation in an increasingly complex clinical and economic environment? One answer is clear: it is critical to efficiently deploy the skills of all members of the laboratory staff. "By automating our specimen processing, a person who would otherwise be doing routine planting and streaking (which the instrument can do perfectly well), could instead perform other tasks that require expertise, and as a result we improve that part of our patient care," said Orr.

The installation marks the 85th WASP® placement worldwide, and it will help BMC meet similar demands faced by other Microbiology labs around the world.  "In these challenging financial times when every laboratory is looking to maintain quality patient care while consolidating and controlling resources it is prudent to use every person and every tool more efficiently.  We can do this by creating better lines of productivity and by making services more cost effective. In particular, having a platform like WASP® paves the way for this kind of approach," said Dr. Nancy S. Miller, M.D., Medical Director of Clinical Microbiology & Molecular Diagnostics at BMC.

Miller, Orr and their team at BMC looked at several automated platforms before ultimately choosing WASP®.  "Apart from robust design we were concerned about how flexible and modula
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