Lab Design

Expires: October 9, 2021


Video length: 56 minutes


In this session, we will discuss the basic framework for investigating, designing, and documenting a laboratory design or redesign project. As the practice of health care changes, laboratories need to keep pace in order to maintain and improve the level of service our patients and providers expect of us. A major part of keeping pace is making sure we have an efficiently designed lab that covers our needs now and in the future. Inefficient designs can lead to quality errors, staff safety concerns, process workarounds, overstaffing, and excess or outages of supplies.


Michael Baisch
Principal Systems Engineer
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, Minnesota

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define current state—what works and what doesn’t.
  • Gather requirements for future state—where the practice and the laboratory are going.
  • Collaborate on design—making sure everyone is heard.
  • Discuss talking points—how to outline the patient and financial benefits to leadership.

Intended Audience

This series is appropriate for laboratory administrators and managers, quality assurance and control staff, supervisors, and other laboratory personnel who are dedicated to continuous quality and process improvement.


The following types of credit are offered for this event:
State of California
State of Florida

Level of instruction for this program is intermediate.

To obtain credit:

  1. Register for and participate in the program.
  2. Complete the evaluation that will be sent to you after the program.
  3. Generate and print your certificate(s).


Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the Clinical Laboratory Sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program. This program has been approved for a maximum of 1.0 P.A.C.E.® contact hour. 

State of California

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences for the State of California. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

State of Florida

Mayo Clinic Laboratories is approved as a Continuing Education Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences for the State of Florida. Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel has designated this program for Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance credit. This program has been approved for 1.0 contact hour.

Faculty Disclosure

Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty members also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentations. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentations.


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