PTT System within LAB-OP project

Within the project Improving Laboratory and Diagnosis Operational System, co-financed through the 2nd Call for Proposals of Interreg IPA CBC Programme Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro 2014-2020, a promotional event was held on the occasion of putting into function of the cassette pneumatic tube transport system (so-called “air mail“) on 12 May 2022 in the premises of General Hospital “Blažo Orlandić” Bar.

The event organizer and host was the project partner from Montenegro – PHI General Hospital “Blažo Orlandić” Bar in cooperation with the Croatian lead partner – General Hospital Zadar. The aim of this event was to ensure the visibility of the LAB-OP project, as well as to inform the relevant stakeholders, state/local government authorities, NGO sector and the general population about the installation of this unique system in Montenegro. By installing this valuable PTS system, General Hospital Bar has improved the efficiency of its laboratory diagnostics, simplified the laboratory procedures and as a result will achieve savings, speed up treatment and raise the service quality level within the public health system.

The director of the “Blažo Orlandić” General Hospital Bar Mr. Igor Karišik, MD pointed out previous experience with project partners in the implementation of the MELAdetect project, which resulted in encouragement of the Hospital to re-apply with colleagues from Croatia into this project that resulted in valuable equipment and tubes installation, which has not been realized so far in any public or private institution, either at primary or secondary level in Montenegro.

The project manager from General Hospital Zadar Mr. Marko Mašina said that the goal of this project is to standardize laboratory tests in all three countries of the programme area – Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

The assistant coordinator of the project Mrs. Tamara Knežević, MD emphasized that this pneumatic tube transport system consists of 8 entrance stations is located in all departments, wards and services of the “Blažo Orlandić” General Hospital Bar, and interconnected with the receiving station located in the Laboratory Diagnostics Service. In this way it is possible to transport samples to the laboratory immediately after taking bloodor urine collection in specially designed cassettes within a few seconds, which ensures faster diagnosis and earlier start of treatment.

A live demonstration of putting into function the PTT system was held in the Department of Internal Medicine, while in the Laboratory Diagnostics Department the participants were able to observe the arrival of samples through the pipe network and the way cassettes were redirected with the help of switches.


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