Pneumatic tube validation: Reducing the need for donor samples by integrating a vial-embedded data logger

Ida Stangerup*, Franziska Broell, Julie van der Hoop, Henriette P. Sennels

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde
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Abstract

Background: The most common way to validate a pneumatic tube system is to compare pneumatic tube system-transported blood samples to blood samples carried by hand. The importance of measuring the forces inside the pneumatic tube system has also been emphasized. The aim of this study was to define a validation protocol using a mini data logger (VitalVial, Motryx Inc., Canada) to reduce the need for donor samples in pneumatic tube system validation. Methods: As an indicator of the total vibration, the blood samples are exposed to under pneumatic tube system transportation; the area under the curve was determined by a VitalVial for all hospital Tempus600 lines using a five-day validation protocol. Only the three lines with the highest area under the curves were clinically validated by analysing potassium, lactate dehydrogenase and aspartate aminotransferase. A month after pneumatic tube system commissioning, a follow-up on laboratory data was performed. Results: Mean area under the curve of the six lines ranged between 347 and 581. The variability of the area under the curve was between 1.51 and 11.55%. In the laboratory data follow-up, an increase in lactate dehydrogenase haemolysis was seen from the three lines with the highest area under the curve and the emergency department, which was not detected in the clinical validation. When the Tempus600 system was in commission, a higher mean area under the curve was measured. Conclusion: A three-day validation protocol using VitalVials is enough to determine the stability of a Tempus600 system and can greatly reduce the need for donor samples. When in commission, the stability of the pneumatic tube system should be verified and lactate dehydrogenase haemolysis should be routinely checked.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAnnals of Clinical Biochemistry
Vol/bind58
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)280-288
Antal sider9
ISSN0004-5632
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jul. 2021

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