Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has announced a new automated solution that labels and tracks patient tissue samples on cassettes and slides as they progress through pathology laboratories.
The new solutions include the Thermo Scientific SlideMate on-demand slide printer and the Thermo Scientific PrintMate automated cassette printing system. These preserve the integrity of tissue samples by removing the risk of sample mix-up, ensuring that patients receive a quick diagnosis of diseases such as cancer.
The misidentification of samples poses a risk of misdiagnosis to thousands of patients annually and can be a result of cassettes or slides being labeled incorrectly in the laboratory. The new inclusive workflow eliminates errors caused through the manual labeling of slides and cassettes, ensuring the efficient diagnosis of diseases and making safety a priority when handling patient samples.
The SlideMate™ and PrintMate™ solutions ensure the integrity of results by performing effective labeling so that samples taken into the laboratory for processing are not misidentified.
PrintMate offers centralized batch printing at the workstation to automatically label cassettes and ensure samples are identified accurately. The high-quality printing capabilities of the instrument enable each cassette to be clearly marked with a 2D barcode and readable text.
As a result, cassettes can be archived and retrieved without any risk of label deterioration, meaning that the user and the patient can be confident that the correct sample has been identified. In addition, the instrument’s innovative collection chutes avoid sample mix-up as they can be positioned to deliver cassettes to different cut-up benches.
SlideMate prints barcodes and text directly onto microscope slides to track and identify samples. The instrument prints easy-to-read, permanent black type of high print quality, making the printer ideal for printing both linear and 2D barcodes, as well as having the capability to print graphics and logos if required. The printed slide is also resistant to laboratory chemicals, protecting barcodes and text so they always remain readable, avoiding sample mix-up and misdiagnosis. The instrument also generates slides at individual workstations and reducing identification errors.
The complete labeling and tracking solution also includes the CheckMate™ verification system and LabWriter™ software. Thermo Scientific CheckMate performs automatic checks on samples to eliminate the risk of sample mix-up during batch printing at both the cut-up bench and microtome.