Beckman Coulter is First Diagnostics Company to Offer Workflow Automation Specifically for Mid-volume Laboratories

Labs processing ~2,000 to 5,000 tests a day can finally enjoy the benefits of Total Laboratory Automation (TLA) with a compact workflow-automation solution that fits needs

BREA, CALIF., MAY. 4, 2021 — Beckman Coulter, a clinical diagnostics leader, today announced the global launch of the DxA 5000 Fit, a workflow-automation solution designed to fit into medium-sized labs that run fewer than 5,000 tests a day.

The clinical laboratory has gone through trial by fire in 2020, where total testing was 245% of baseline volumes, with ~55% being SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests1. According to the CDC, an estimated 41% of U.S. adults delayed or avoided medical care2. Despite vaccines, many industry players suggest SARS-CoV-2 testing volumes won’t be impacted in the near term, and the demand for COVID-19-related testing will continue through 2021 and potentially into 20223. This means that testing-volume pressure on labs is going to continue.

Labs of all sizes are facing the same challenges: shortage of laboratory technologists and technicians4, historic financial pressures on hospitals and health systems5, and physically and mentally exhausted laboratory professionals6; – a pre-pandemic problem that has since been exacerbated. However, the TLA solutions that cater to labs processing high-sample volumes are out of reach for smaller volume labs due to space requirements and infrastructure constraints.
"From its compact footprint and minimizing manual work by 80%, to intelligent routing that makes sure our acute patients get their results faster than routine ones, the DxA 5000 Fit was just the right fit for us."
Afruj Ruf
Managing Director
Integrated Pathology Solutions LLP, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust
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3Bonislawski, A. "How Will Labs Use Expanded Molecular Testing Capacities Post-COVID-19?" 360 Dx. December 20, 2020. https://www.360dx.com/clinical-lab-management/how-will-labs-use-expanded-molecular-testing-capacities-post-covid-19 [Accessed: January 28, 2021]
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8Gramz, J. "The benefits of lab automation to facilitate testing for SARS-CoV-2." November 19, 2020. https://www.mlo-online.com/continuing-education/article/21163060/the-benefits-of-lab-automation-to-facilitate-testing-for-sarscov2 [Accessed: March 1, 2021]
9Based on Beckman Coulter analysis of typical clinical diagnostics laboratory workflow steps. Step counts may vary.