Logistic aspects of a deployable molecular microbiology laboratory

Tim Inglis, A. Merritt, I. Jayasinghe, J. Montgomerya, V. Thevanesam

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    A molecular diagnostic laboratory was deployed overseas in response to a suspected emerging infectious diseasein Sri Lanka in early 2008. The equipment and procedures used are established technology, well within thecapability of a large hospital laboratory. However, the main obstacles to operating these systems in a resourcelimited,tropical environment are better understood with reference to the logistic envelope of demand, distance andduration. Careful attention to basic logistic principles contributed to the success of this laboratory deploymentand established a foundation for future technical enhancements. The lessons learned have further implicationsfor pathology support operations and field hospital planning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)6-10
    JournalJournal of Military Veterans' Health
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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