Journal of
Medical Laboratory and Diagnosis

  • Abbreviation: J. Med. Lab. Diagn.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2618
  • DOI: 10.5897/JMLD
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 55

Full Length Research Paper

A novel method for reducing human pipetting errors

Kyle Lyman
  • Kyle Lyman
  • Davee Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurosciences and the Department of Physiology, Northwestern University, IL, 60611, Chicago.
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Daniel Fisher
  • Daniel Fisher
  • Davee Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurosciences and the Department of Physiology, Northwestern University, IL, 60611, Chicago.
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Ye Han
  • Ye Han
  • Davee Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurosciences and the Department of Physiology, Northwestern University, IL, 60611, Chicago.
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Dane M. Chetkovich*
  • Dane M. Chetkovich*
  • Davee Department of Neurology and Clinical Neurosciences and the Department of Physiology, Northwestern University, IL, 60611, Chicago.
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  •  Received: 26 June 2015
  •  Accepted: 27 August 2015
  •  Published: 30 September 2015

Abstract

Human errors in clinical and research laboratories constitute a substantial source of lost productivity. Here we present a novel method for reducing human errors in pipetting by providing real time feedback to the laboratory worker. The system uses light emitting diodes to indicate wells that have been accessed for pipetting using a system that is based on Faraday’s principle of electromagnetic induction.This system has the potential to substantially reduce the number of errors made in the course of performing laboratory experiments.

 

Key words: Human error, pipette, magnet.

Abbreviation

EMF, Electromotive force; MM, Millimeter; PCR, polymerase chain reaction.