Introducing molecular methods into a clinical microbiology laboratory is not a process without challenges. Some of these may include:
- Space requirements for both workflow and instrumentation
- Identifying separate areas for key aspects of the molecular process
- Familiarizing staff with new workflow requirements
- Instilling potentially new skill sets
- Cost of equipment and reagents
Introducing molecular methods will necessarily entail the introduction of new equipment. In many laboratories, space is at a premium; identifying space for new and additional equipment can be challenging. Some platforms are quite large; others have a significantly smaller footprint. The necessary separation of certain activities in the workflow will also impact space planning.