Table 1

Base Case: Unit Test Cost1 (In-House Laboratory Protocol)

Item

Cost per sample (£)


Blood sampling (phlebotomy)

3.00 2


Sample transport & registration

1.10 3


Laboratory consumables

4.224


Laboratory equipment

1.02 5


Laboratory labour

2.07


Result reporting

1.00


Re-tests

0.29


Laboratory overheads

3.55


Unit Test Cost

16.25


1 Figures excluding any royalty fee.

2 See [29]

3 Based on current charges in West Midlands for mailing 4 samples. Figure will be lower if existing transportation system used; and higher if < 4 samples mailed.

4 Based on 88 samples per run, includes 20% discount for bulk purchase.

5 Assumes 44,000 samples processed annually per set of equipment

Szczepura et al. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2011 11:5   doi:10.1186/1471-2393-11-5

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