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.
|Journal||Journal of Military Veterans' Health|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|