Assessing new chemistry instrumentation can be a daunting task. There are numerous things to consider when you begin to look at the different products available in the POL market. As every lab situation is different, some items may be more important than others to each laboratory.
Most laboratories will base a large part of their decision on cost. Typically vendors will present a proposal based upon the cost of the instrument and cost per test. When a vendor calculates cost per test they divide the cost of the reagent pack or cartridge with the number of tests it contains. This is not the same as cost per reportable which takes into account all factors involved to report a test. These factors include personnel salaries, operational costs (rent, electricity, LIS), reagent waste, repeat testing, proficiency testing and service contracts after year one. All of these additional items may affect profitability and should be included in your assessment…(Read More Here)