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Solutions for Shared Resource Lab Remote Quality Control and Instrument Troubleshooting during a Pandemic.

Authors
  • Gravano, David M1
  • Chakraborty, Uttara2
  • Pesce, Isabella3
  • Thomson, Michael4
  • 1 Stem Cell Instrumentation Foundry, University of California Merced, Merced, California, USA.
  • 2 Manipal Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Bangalore, India. , (India)
  • 3 Department of Cellular, Computational and Integrative Biology, University of Trento, Trento, Italy. , (Italy)
  • 4 Monash Health Translation Precinct, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cytometry Part A
Publisher
Wiley (John Wiley & Sons)
Publication Date
Nov 16, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/cyto.a.24266
PMID: 33197144
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected shared resource lab (SRL) staff in-person availability at institutions globally. This article discusses the challenges of ensuring reliable instrument performance and quality data output while facility staff and external service provider on-site presence is severely limited. Solutions revolve around the adoption of remote monitoring and troubleshooting platforms, provision of self-service troubleshooting resources specific to facility instruments and workflows, development of an assistance contact policy, and ensuring efficiency of limited in-person staff time. These solutions employ software and hardware tools that are already in use or readily available in the SRL community, such as remote instrument access tools, video hosting and conferencing platforms, and ISAC shared resources. © 2020 International Society for Advancement of Cytometry. © 2020 International Society for Advancement of Cytometry.

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