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Pre-analytical Considerations

New technology has both advantages and disadvantages. Both parameters need to be considered when looking at implementing a new procedure in the clinical laboratory. Faster, better, cheaper, and with less labor are key while providing optimal impact on patient care.
Consideration for implementation of the MALDI-TOF MS in the clinical microbiology laboratory, requires:
  • Cost justification
  • Selection of instrument
  • Processing of organisms
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Verification and validation of MALDI-TOF MS performance
In this section of the course, each of these parameters will be briefly discussed.