Safer, More Reliable Lab Deliveries
Labs deal with some of the most sensitive biomaterials within the hospital. Materials such as blood and urine samples require safe delivery in a timely and accurate manner. Yet many hospitals still rely on staff or tube systems to deliver these materials, reducing skilled staff time caring for patients and risking the possibility of breakage, leakage or even sample mismatch.
TUG®, Aethon’s automatic robotic delivery system, securely transports test tubes of blood and other samples to the lab. TUG can be summoned with the press of a computer key and is the only autonomous robot system that can reliably navigate through hospital hallways, elevators, automatic doors and narrow corridors along with human traffic. Whether scheduled or on‑demand, deliveries are made when and where they are needed.
Ensuring secure delivery of specimens is a crucial requirement for hospitals. TUG puts administrators’ minds at ease by providing chain of custody documentation through a combination of barcodes, passive RFID and biometrics. Now all specimens have the ability to be tracked from the person sending to the person receiving. These delivery transactions are available to the user through standard reporting and satisfy all Joint Commission delivery requirements.
Better than Tube Systems
With TUG, there is no risk of blood tube leakage or breakage, resulting in expensive and dangerous biohazard clean up and downtime. And unlike tube systems, TUG allows for delivery of multiple samples from the same patient to avoid confusion and medical errors.
Watch Albany Medical Center’s video of the TUG in action delivering specimens to the laboratory.
Key Benefits Summary
- Faster specimen turnaround time and results, leading to more timely changes in treatment or discharge
- More resources dedicated to patient care vs. deliveries, resulting in increased outcomes
- Increased patient and employee satisfaction