How many microbiologists does it take to process 1,750+ samples per day? At LaboSud Microbiology Core Laboratory in Montpellier, France, the answer is fewer than you think. That’s because in 2018, the lab became the first in the world to have the PhenoMATRIX® expert system integrated into their WASPLab® automated specimen processing solution empowered by bioMérieux. The system consolidates information from WASPLab® algorithms and LIS to automatically and accurately sort plates based on user-defined rules.

Dr. Jérémy Bayette and Dr. Guillaume Teissier, Medical Microbiologists and Co-Managers of LaboSud were interviewed by Spectra Biologie about their experience.

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ON… how to report most urine samples in just one hour and what that changes

“First off, we gained time by significantly lowering the time spent reading plates, automatically sorting negative and positive results through PhenoMATRIX®, and reporting a high number of results simultaneously… Given the sensitivity and specificity of the algorithms, we are able to focus on plates of clinical interest, for faster results for patients most at risk. We were able to reallocate staff to more value-added tasks.”

ON… what boosts traceability and reproducibility 

“Traceability is strengthened through the bi-directional connection with the central LIS and archiving of images on the server. Reproducibility is improved through standardized streaking, which enables a good level of isolation for further testing needs. There is no variability linked to human interpretation.”

ON… why technicians are now safer with PhenoMATRIX® and WASPLab®

“Safety is improved through a significant reduction in plate handling, lowering risk to technicians… we also noticed an impact in terms of ergonomics in our work environment.”


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