What Really Happens in a Clinical Lab – Part 1
July 5,2016 Sarah Stapleton

The laboratory and the lab team are essential to a clinical research unit.

In our Altasciences clinical facilities, our laboratory experts (Lab Specialists and Technicians) are the men and women responsible for protocol review, creating source documents for the lab, labeling and setting up all tubes for sample collection, processing those samples and shipping them to bioanalytical labs worldwide, or getting them to our expansive bioanalytical facility in Laval, Quebec, Canada.

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We process tens of thousands of samples every month. That’s a lot of blood, urine, stool and saliva going through the lab on a daily basis. The busiest time is, of course, during dosing in the morning when protocols often dictate tight timelines for sample collection. Lab staff must work hand-in-hand with the clinical teams to ensure that blood samples are collected, handled appropriately and make it to the centrifuge and the refrigerators/freezers in time. It is essential that each and every tube is labeled correctly and processed promptly.

In our clinical labs, we use a Watson sample tracking system. This system allows our team to track every single test tube as it is processed through our clinic, into the freezer, and then into shipping. Watson allows our lab teams to create tube labels and barcodes for aliquot tubes, track storage, and create shipping manifests. All of this ensures that every sample is handled correctly and quality samples are processed for every study.

All the equipment (centrifuges, freezers, etc.) are calibrated regularly and continually monitored to certify quality. Our refrigerators and freezers are monitored with a Rees temperature monitoring system, which logs the temperature every 5 minutes and alerts our staff with an email and phone call when temperatures fall out of range.

Our staff plans, plans, plans and plans in order to make sure that the hundreds, sometimes thousands, of samples are kept straight. Additionally, Quality Control oversees the plans and source documents. Quality data is the mission, and the lab team is vigilant…even with equipment maintenance.

If you haven’t seen our lab staff in action, we’d love to host a visit for you. Schedule a tour with our team at one of our three clinical units in North America! You can even see our newest facility expansion in Kansas and maybe try the famous Kansas City barbeque or visit our site in Laval, Canada and taste the infamous poutine!

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