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Laboratory Services

LIVING THE LAB LIFE

 Working at the lab is engaging as we learn new skills and techniques in different areas. Take for example in Phlebotomy, we need to know how to deal with our patients of varied ages ranging from days old to up to almost a centenarian in both hospital admitted and out-patient settings.  These patients need different levels of care and skill set in drawing blood.  That being said, phlebotomy is never a boring job and through this section we also get to know our patients a little better as a bonus.

As for Clinical Microscopy, we analyze a usual urine sample to help the providers know if the patient has urinary tract infection, kidney stone or even parasites in it. We would also see if the patient had a successful vasectomy operation in this area.

In Chemistry, blood and urine interacts with standards for various analyses to help with the diagnosis of  different diseases affecting various organs of the body. This is where we know if the patient has elevated cardiac enzyme by testing with High Sensitivity Troponin.  Most patients with diabetes has high Glucose level but most importantly the tell-tale sign that one’s medication needs to be adjusted or changed and even when the patient does not adhere to their lifestyle change is their HA1c.  Even when we feel tired without a specific cause, it is here where our thyroid level is tested, which is usually a TSH, gets worked on too.

Moving on to our Hematology section, this is where our blood gets tested to see if we got infection by screening for a CBC and ESR (although other Chemistry analytes can be ordered in conjunction with these tests).  We also look under the microscope and count on our body soldiers (WBC) and also check the appearance of our RBCs.  

In Immunology, we test for some of the sexually transmitted diseases like HIV and Syphilis as well as respiratory infections like RSV, Flu and the famous Covid-19.