Over the summer the biomedical science staff within the HALS team have been busy preparing new open educational resources for release onto this website, and also brand new resources to greet our new Biomedical Science and Medical Science students at De Montfort. One of the most exciting projects has been a collaboration with the Leicester Royal Infirmary “Pathology Department”, and we’ve worked with the histologists, biochemists and haematologists on a wealth of material.
Meet “Fast Track”!
“Fast Track” is one of the largest automated blood analysers in Europe. Made by Siemens, it processes millions of patient blood samples each year from all over Leicestershire, and sometimes from around the UK. We have a series of open educational resources about the machine, but I just couldn’t resist setting it to music first!
Why do we need more biomedical science resources?
This open educational resource is important because it is one of a series all about the high-tec automated blood analyser found in the hospital. The machine, made by Siemens who are happy for us to film and make these resources, processes millions of blood samples every year in a fully automated way. These resources are the only way of showing our biomedical science students the state-of-the art equipment being used in hospital laboratories today, and in fact, the resources will be available to all science students across the UK via YouTube and our website. The resources are also being used by trainee biomedical scientists working in the hospital.
Who operates the machine?
In the Haematology Laboratory, a large team of biomedical scientists work on the machine, and analyse data and report back to hospital departments and GPs the millions of patient test results every year. Behind the scenes there are additional biomedical science staff sorting the samples that arrive at the hospital from all over the region. The blood samples arrive in the lab and are bar coded and logged onto a computer system. The machine operates fully 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year with teams of scientists working in shifts. They ensure the machine is in good working order, carry out quality control checks on each of the analysing stations, and oversee the interpretation and reporting of the patient test results.
What biomedical science haematology resources are coming next?
This is the first of a series of videos that the scientists have made to explain how the haematology laboratory operates and what tests the machine performs. We have been very privileged to have two senior biomedical scientists who specialise in haematology and biochemistry be involved in the project, and a huge thank you goes to them, all the staff and the laboratory manager and head of pathology services.
The next biomedical science resources in this series will talk about how samples are received and sorted; the different haematology tests including blood smear for microscopy, coagulation and cell counts; the different blood biochemistry tests, and finally, how samples are stored after analysis.