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Challenges for Implementation: Space Requirements

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

Space requirements

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.