The issue of how to standardize quantity units for Specimen Types has been an onging puzzle for me and recent discussions after OSCON23 has assured me that I’m not alone in my struggles. Different lab groups have strong opinions about which units should be used in the quantity field. For instance:
- Molecular Class: Volume (uL) vs. Yield (ug)
- Cells: Volume vs. Total cell count
- Tissues: gram vs. ‘bite’
If there is enough interest in this problem, perhaps the Krishagni Team would consider putting efforts into developing a standard system-wide solution. So please weigh in if this is important at your institute. If you don’t struggle with this issue, please share your solutions. Several of us would be happy to hear any ideas you have. I will include my solution in the comments section.
Thanks for any input!
Donna Housley, PhD
Clinical Translational Science Institute
University of Utah
Link to the last thread on this topic, which I imagine was addressed by allowing the system admin to set a system-wide unit in the properties feature for PVs.