Six Sigma

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With increasing demand for improved accuracy and reliability of results, Six Sigma is revolutionizing how clinical laboratories measure quality control. Assay and instrument developers at Abbott understand the value of Six Sigma performance and apply it to quantify performance on diagnostic systems.

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understanding six sigma

 

Six Sigma began as a tool to minimize variation, improve manufacturing processes, and institutionalize quality. It is a means to identify errors or “defects” and reduce variability.

RELEVANCE TO THE LABoratory

Six Sigma metrics have proven to be a powerful tool that enables your laboratory to objectively and quantitatively assess the performance of your assays and instruments. Abbott Six Sigma can help reduce costs associated with reagents, supplies, control material, labor and quality control failure investigations.

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Instrument design

 

Our instruments and their technologies are designed with Six Sigma in mind, delivering efficiency, productivity, improved patient flow, and standardization.

Efficiency


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flexrate

Extends the linear ranges of enzyme assays for better first-time results and fewer reruns.

Productivity


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ict module

Simplified inventory management, automated maintenance, and is simple to change.

Patient Flow


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small samples

Only 32 µL is needed for an 8-test metabolic panel; pressure differential technology detects clots.

Standardization


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serum indices

Standardizes sample integrity reporting and supports confidence in result integrity, providing fast turnaround time at no added cost.

WORLD-CLASS SIX SIGMA ASSAY PERFORMANCE

Our Sigma Metric analyses demonstrate how our ARCHITECT clinical chemistry analyzers provide measurably excellent performance.

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