After a few months of fighting the coronavirus epidemic in Europe, the number of cases is still rather high. Currently, you can follow statistics on coronavirus and fatalities every day in media reports. But apart from COVID-19, the index of other diseases stays also relatively high. Every year, the number of cases of malignant neoplasms increases – according to research on the state of health carried out by the Central Statistical Office in Poland. Most often, malignant neoplasms were detected in the digestive, respiratory and thoracic organs, as well as the genitals.
The Institute of Microecology in Poznań has been specializing in bowel tests for nearly 15 years. As the first on the Polish market they began to carry out diagnostics of intestinal microbiota and they have so far the widest commercially available research panel in this field.
The Institute’s laboratory has also joined the fight against pandemics. A new branch of diagnostics are determinations for SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus by RT-PCR and for the presence of IgM and IgG antibodies by the enzyme-linked immunoassay method. Samples for coronavirus testing are stored at 2-8 degrees Celsius and only up to 24 hours after collection. The material isolated from the test samples must be stored in special refrigerators at -80 degrees Celsius and can be stored for up to several months. Their temperature is constantly monitored.
Temperature monitoring using specialized loggers
Reliable test results are needed to make the right diagnosis and implement the treatment. Samples and materials for analysis must be stored under appropriate conditions. The Institute has been cooperating with Blulog for almost 5 years, which provides loggers for temperature monitoring.
“In our laboratory, Blulog loggers are used to monitor temperatures in the range of 2-8 degrees Celsius and -20 degrees Celsius, as well as in incubators (37 and 25 degrees Celsius). Alerts are sent by email, and a monthly report makes it easy to archive data. Logger software enabled complete automation of the temperature control process in the apparatus, manual reading of thermometers indications of the controlled apparatus has disappeared”explains Michalina Pazgrat-Patan
Remote data reading and alert notifications
In accordance with the (GLP) guidelines Good Laboratory Practice and other safety standards in force on the laboratory diagnostic services market, the storage of samples and research materials is subject to strict requirements. This applies to all stages of the sample’s life cycle from its collection, through maintenance and monitoring of storage conditions, as well as long-term material quality assurance to its disposal. Blulog loggers ensure a continuous process of temperature monitoring and its restoration, which ensures the correct conditions for products that require it.
In the Laboratory of the Institute of Microecology in Poznań, the most common temperature monitoring requires refrigeration equipment and incubators – important equipment for storing reagents under controlled conditions and microbial growth.
“Automation, the ability to reproduce the entire temperature monitoring process, the ability to read data remotely, e-mail or SMS information about the exceeded limit, i.e. alert notifications, the ability to print monthly temperature reports, no need to calibrate or check the correctness of recorders during use – these are the biggest benefits application of technology from Blulog”adds Michalina Pazgrat-Patan
The situation related to the epidemic may increase public awareness of healthy eating habits, healthy lifestyles, hygiene rules, preventive examinations and life-threatening diseases. And as technology progresses more and more, also in the area of diagnostic services, the possibility of eliminating human error plays a huge role. By automating processes, this becomes more real.