The Pathology Department at Cambridge University Hospital processes over 3.5 million pathology samples every year. To ensure that these samples are kept under the correct conditions, Tinytag Transit 2 data loggers are used to monitor environments where the samples are handled and transported.
Pathology samples, e.g. blood and urine samples, must be
handled, stored and transported under the correct
temperature conditions in order to ensure their integrity.
If held outside of the recommended environmental conditions,
samples can degrade, which can affect the accuracy of test results
and the treatments that patients receive.
Cambridge University Hospital's Pathology
Department serves GP surgeries and hospitals across the
East of England, performing tests on pathology samples in the
Department's nationally and internationally recognised
laboratories. Moving the samples between the surgeries, hospitals
and the laboratories requires strict temperature
control at every step of the chain.
Using ten Tinytag Transit 2 data
loggers, the Department monitor and record
ambient temperatures in laboratories, in storage and during
transportation. Monitoring temperatures for pathology
samples can be complex, as each type of sample requires a different
temperature range, but, using the data loggers, the Pathology
Department are able to verify that temperatures
consistently remain within a suitable window for most
samples (between 15 and 25°C).
Continuous monitoring, as well as spot-checking, also enables
them to identify 'temperature hot-spots' where
there is a risk of samples being held outside of the desired range
for any length of time. Owing to their slim and portable design,
the loggers are easily moved around between locations to suit
monitoring needs on a given day.
The Transit 2 data loggers, designed for use in
logistics applications, have proved
particularly useful for validating temperatures during the
transportation of pathology samples. Rugged, yet compact,
the data loggers can easily be added to a consignment to
validate the transport environment. As a result of
monitoring with the data loggers, the Department have been able to
identify areas for improvement within their courier service, and
have switched to exclusively using temperature-controlled
vehicles for the transportation of samples.
"The data loggers have allowed us to apply fact to the
interpretation of temperature," explains
Gareth Whyte, Pathology and Engagement
Relationship Manager for Cambridge University Hospitals Trust.
The data loggers are also an important tool for the Department's
successful accreditation with UKAS (United Kingdom
Accreditation Service). With the data from the Tinytags,
the Department are able to prove in annual audits that
their temperature management is robust and
conforms to the high quality standards needed for
accreditation. In turn, their accreditation with UKAS
helps to reassure users of the Pathology service that the
Department is committed to providing an efficient, reliable and
Commenting on the Department's experience with Gemini Data
Loggers, Gareth says: "Whenever we have had to speak to
the company, we have always received first class
service." Gareth also praises the convenience of the
Transit 2 data loggers: "The data loggers are robust
and simple to use, ideal for 'throwing' in the back of a vehicle to
monitor temperature ranges over a prolonged period of
Monitoring with Tinytag data loggers has helped the Pathology
Department to improve temperature management across their operation
and prove the quality of their service to both auditors and users.
Tinytag Transit 2 data loggers are a versatile
choice for laboratory and transport environments with a slim,
discreet design and USB-induction technology for fast, efficient