Thinking of starting a standard laboratory with basic clinical and laboratory equipment to set up?
If you are considering setting up a clinical laboratory, either as part of an existing hospital or diagnostic facility, or as a stand-alone outfit, there are a number of steps to take, factors to consider, and basic equipment you should put on your list.
To begin with, you first need to assess the space in which you intend to set up your new laboratory to determine if it meets the requirements for handling the materials you intend to use.
You also need to check that all standard requirements and operating procedure required for the use of hazardous chemicals and samples are thoroughly followed.
To do this efficiently, you may need to draw up a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) or follow an existing checklist to ensure that all standard safety rules and procedure are kept.
Managing Laboratory Safety
According to researchers at the University of Illinois Division for Research Safety, the following practices should be followed to ensure safety in your new laboratory:
- Establish a laboratory safety plan for handling hazardous materials.
- Identify hazards in the laboratory space.
- Establish lab-specific training (e.g., conduct, PPE use) and emergency procedures (e.g., chemical spills, fire) for the lab.
- Establish Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all hazardous procedures.
- Ensure that all training on SOPs, lab specific information, and emergency procedures is documented.
- Post emergency contact signs.
- Ensure that emergency equipment (e.g., fire extinguisher, spill kits, eyewash stations, and shower) is present.
- Establish correct waste disposal procedures.
Basic Equipment For a Standard Laboratory
So, in setting up your new laboratory, here are some of the basic stuff you need.
Autoclaves/Sterilizers: Autoclave steam sterilizer machines help ensure infection control. Being the most effective sterilization method available, they can be used whenever possible: on all critical and semi-critical items that are heat and moisture resistant to prevent pathogen transmission.
Water Baths: Circulating, general purpose and shaking water baths.
Centrifuges: Benchtop, Centrifugal Concentrators, Clinical centrifuges, Floor/Ultra centrifuges, Micro/Mini centrifuges, Refrigerated centrifuges, Rotors & Adapters.
Refrigerators/Freezers: Refrigerators and freezers are essential to ensure that samples maintain their integrity, and are adequately preserved at the optimum temperatures. This may include blood bank freezers, chest freezers, chromatography freezers, compact freezers, etc.
Homogenizers: Tissue and sample homogenizers enable samples to be properly processed for testing. This could be either Handheld or Bead Mill.
Examination Beds: Comfortable, epoxy examination beds for easy examination of patients in the lab.
Hot Plates: Hot Plate Stirrers, Stir Bars.
Imaging Systems: Various imaging systems solutions can be selected depending on the nature of investigations to be carried out.
Incubators: BOD/Refrigerated, CO2, General Purpose, Hybridization, Shaking, Water-Jacketed.
Hospital Screens: Epoxy hospital screens with casters to ensure patient privacy during examinations.
Microscopes: Optical microscopes are an essential part of the laboratory. With it, the scientist can examine samples in microscopic detail and make informed inferences.
Water Purification Systems
Weighing Scales: Electronic or mechanical Weighing scales with BMI function and measuring rod help in collecting accurate patient data.
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