Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Design: Introduction, Section Details, Special Features and, Keynotes

Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Design: Introduction, Section Details, Special Features and, Keynotes
Fig. Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Design

Introduction of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Design

No doubt, developing ‘Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Design’ is really a hard task since the following factors affect it directly or indirectly-

  • Test of services and stream of microbiology sections
  • The capability of covering the risk of organisms
  • Shape and area of the laboratory spaces
  • Sample size
  • Diagnostic/Research or both (nature of laboratory)
  • Minimizing laboratory-acquired infections

Sections Details

Section 1 is the green zone and is fully safe. It has the following cabins-

  1. Waiting room with Microbiology gallery
  2. Patient counseling room
  3. Specimen collection room (rare case)
  4. Chair of the department cabin
  5. Supervisor cabin
  6. Open spaces for meeting/ staff lockers/ refreshing

Section 2 is the complete laboratory and is fully separated from section 1.

It has the following sub-sections-

2a: Culture media preparation room

2b. Biomedical waste management room

2c. Micro-molecular stat lab

2d. Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3)​

2e. Molecular Diagnostic qualitative

2f. Additional molecular diagnostic

Note: 2a to 2f subsections are fully closed.

Partially closed or opens sub-sections are as follows-

  • Receiving and processing (RAP) section
  • Reporting desk
  • Blood Culture BD BACTEC
  • Incubators ( CO2 and BOD)
  • Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (AST)
  • Traditional Microbiology Section
  • Biobanking

Special Features of this type of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Design

The special features of this type of ‘Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Design’ are as follows-

  • Bacteriology (aerobes and anaerobes)
  • Mycology (only for yeasts)
  • Mycobacteriology
  • Serology
  • Compatible with next generation
  • Golden jubilee celebration
  • Consolidation laboratory design
  • Coverable risk group III organisms

Demerits of this type of Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Design

Demerits of this type of ‘Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Design’ are mentioned as follows-

  • No space for fungi (especially molds)
  • No space for Virus culture
  • No space for parasitology

Note: Complete clinical mycology, Virology, and cell culture laboratories are not merged in the same platform due to the area of space compromisation and fungal contamination.

Cutting-Edge Laboratories Have the Following Features-

  • 4G laboratory
  • TLA (total laboratory automation)
  • AI (artificial intelligence)
  • ML( machine learning)
  • Golden jubilee feasible

Keynotes on Laboratory Design

  • Risk Group III bacterial pathogens are Brucella, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, Bacillus anthracis, Bartonella bacilliformis, Burkholderia mallei, Coxiella burnetii, Francisella, Yersinia pestis, rickettsiae, Chlamydia.
  • Risk Group III fungal pathogens are Coccidioides, Histoplasma, Blastomyces dermatitidis, Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, and Talaromyces (formerly Penicillium) marneffei.
  • Risk Group III fungal pathogens are Ebola, Marburg, Nipah paramyxovirus, Machupo arenavirus, Lassa arenavirus, Junin arenavirus, Guanarito arenavirus, Sabia virus, Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, Hazara nairovirus, Kyasanur Forest Disease, Tick-born encephalitis, Herpesvirus simiae (B virus), Omsk haemorrhagic fever disease
  • The distance between sections should be maintained according to the busy working zone to the less working zone during designing the laboratory.
  • The area of space for this design has required an average of 6000 square feet.


  1. Modern Microbiology: Laboratory planning and design-from
  2. ASM Journal/s-review article-‘ consolidation of clinical Microbiology Laboratories and Introduction of Transformative Technologies
  3. ASM Journals_ Review article’ Practical Guidance for Clinical Microbiology Laboratories: Implementing a Quality Management System in the Medical Microbiology Laboratory
  4. NPHL Guidelines-‘ Check-list for A level laboratory-New
  5. WHO Guidelines on Establishment of Virology Laboratory in Developing Countries
  6. Designer’s own experiences in the field of Clinical Microbiology
  7. AMR Surveillance Program Monthly Bulletin April, 2017-MoH, DoHS, NPHL, Teku, Kathmandu
  8. WHO -Laboratory Quality Standards and their Implementation

84 thoughts on “Clinical Microbiology Laboratory Design: Introduction, Section Details, Special Features and, Keynotes”

  1. Great – I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your web site. I had no trouble navigating through all the tabs and related info ended up being truly simple to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for before you know it at all. Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or anything, web site theme . a tones way for your customer to communicate. Nice task..

  2. I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thanks a lot

  3. Thanks a lot for providing individuals with a very superb opportunity to read from this web site. It is often very amazing plus full of a good time for me and my office fellow workers to search the blog at minimum three times weekly to find out the newest items you will have. And indeed, I’m just certainly impressed with your wonderful methods served by you. Selected 3 tips on this page are basically the most suitable I’ve had.

  4. It?¦s actually a great and useful piece of information. I?¦m satisfied that you just shared this helpful information with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hello very nice blog!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…I’m glad to search out numerous useful information right here within the publish, we want develop extra techniques on this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  6. Good post. I be taught something more challenging on totally different blogs everyday. It’s going to all the time be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice slightly something from their store. I’d choose to use some with the content on my blog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll provide you with a hyperlink on your internet blog. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  8. I absolutely love your blog and find almost all of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. Do you offer guest writers to write content for yourself? I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write about here. Again, awesome website!

  9. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I’m very glad to see such magnificent information being shared freely out there.

  10. Good website! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I might be notified when a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  11. I was curious if you ever thought of changing the structure of your site? Its very well written; I love what youve got to say. But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better. Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two pictures. Maybe you could space it out better?

  12. I have not checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are good quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂

  13. When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and noweach time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment.Is there any way you can remove me from that service?Thanks!


Leave a Comment