Culture Yield of Throat Screen Before and After WASP Implementation in a Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Beeter, Holly L., 1998 --
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The Walk Away Specimen Processor (WASP) is a revolutionary device created to assist microbiologists with efficiency and automation in a clinical setting. The principle of the device is to manually streak a variety of patient specimens onto their predetermined forms of media, then move to individual incubators with digital images taken at varying times. In theory this should improve the turn-around-time (TAT) of laboratory testing as well as the culture yield from these specimens compared to manual preparation. This research will primarily focus on the specimens selected for throat screens, although many different specimen types can be loaded on the WASP. I hypothesize that the WASP implementation will improve culture yield of the throat screen compared to the manual set up.