Six Sigma

Managing Sigma Quality

With increasing demand for improved accuracy and reliability of results, Six Sigma in revolutionizing how clinical laboratories measure quality control.




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's Six Sigma can help reduce costs associated with reagents, supplies, control material, labor and quality control failure investigations.

Instrument design


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



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


Ict module

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

Patient flow

Small samples

Only 29 µL is needed for an 8-test metabolic panel on Alinity c; pressure differential technology detects clots.1


Serum indices

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

1. Sample volume of 29 uL required for basic metabolic panel on Alinity c. Assays include: Calcium, Carbon Dioxide, Chloride, Creatinine Glucose, Potassium, Sodium, and Urea Nitrogen.


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