A trip to the Lab by Professional Development Group member Amanda Tilton

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You go to the Doctor,  whether it’s for your yearly check-up or you’re juslabt not feeling well.  Nine times out of ten, your Doctor is going to order lab work. That’s where we come in….. the lab. The Lab team consists of phlebotomists ( the person that draws your blood) and lab technician(s), ( the people that test it). But that’s not all we do;

1) The phlebotomist needs to be aware of what tubes are needed for the test(s) that your doctor has ordered.

2) We need to be able to find a vein(which sometimes isn’t very easy).

3) We have to know how to process the specimen(s).

4)The technician(s) run the tests, including notifying physicians of a critical result, making sure the equipment is operating correctly and takes care of any troubleshooting issues.

The lab consists of different area’s: hematology, urinalysis, and coagulation consists of CBC’s, Pt INR’s, urinalysis, ESR’s Retic’s, just to name a few! Next is Blood Bank. This area is where if a patient would need a transfusion the technician(s) would see what blood type you are. Following this, we screen it to make sure you do not have antibodies. Then there’s the microbiology department. Microbiology is where samples for Rapid Strep; flu, RSV, different cultures, MRSA, and even stool samples! And last there is the Chemistry department. This is where samples for Complete Metabolic panels, thyroid tests, Troponins, Vitamin D’s and B12’s, just to name a few. Most labs also have a Histology/Pathology  Department. Where surgical and patient samples are processed for the pathologist to examine tissue slides under the microscope.

We have several places where patients can have their blood drawn. For example: Amboy 8:30a.m. -3:00p.m. by appointment; Ashton 9a.m.-3:30p.m. by appointment, Commerce Towers 6 a.m. -5 p.m., walk-in basis, Edwards 8:30a.m.-4:00 p.m. by appointment, Oregon 8:00 a.m. -4:00p.m. by appointment. Polo 8:30a.m.-4:00p.m. by appointment, Mt Morris 8:30a.m. -4p.m. by appointment. TSC, 7:30a.m.-5p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. No appointment needed!

Please see us – because, without the lab, it’s only a guess!

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