Are you wondering how to prepare your lab to handle the entire pathology lab testing procedures you will need to complete? Are you in the middle of a pathlab buildout? When it comes to designing your pathology lab so that you can perform all of the tests, you will want to trust a lab consulting firm to help you design your lab facility. There are many tests that are done in pathology labs to help medical facilities, doctors' offices, and hospitals perform their services. These are some of the common tests you need to make sure you have the capabilities to perform.
Blood count examination is used to examine variety of infections and illnesses. Red blood cells carry oxygen that is transported to all the parts of the body. Similarly, white blood cells provide immunity to body by fighting various viruses and bacteria. Platelets also defend body and helps in clotting. Abnormal values in any of these would give an indication of different disease conditions, such as medication, nutritional factors and exposure to some toxic substances. Abnormalities in the blood count also tell about anemia, leukemia and blood cancers etc.
Iron Level Examination is done to check amount of iron level in the body and abnormality in the values suggest disease condition. If the level of iron is too low, it gives an indication of anemic condition. Whereas, if the level of iron is too high (hemochromatosis), it gives an indication towards serious illness conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, liver disease and heart failure etc.
International Normalize Ratio (INR) examinations are done to check the effectiveness of medication on the patient’s body. It also examines blood clots in patient’s body. This test is especially important for those who are at anti-clotting medication such as warfarin that is used to prevent clotting or stroke after surgery etc.
Prothrombin test is also known as PT or pro time test that calculates how long blood takes to clot. This test is also used to analyze the presence of five important different clotting factors of the body. This type of test also used to analyze abnormalities in bleeding and monitors medication treatments that avoids production of blood clots.
This test is used to see how well blood thinning drugs (such as Heparin) are working. This test can also be used to check for some bleeding disorders (such as hemophilia) that run in families.
These are some of the most common types of tests done in a pathology lab setting. As you work through your pathlab buildout, you will want to take into consideration all of these tests so that you get the right equipment and set up. If you are looking for help with your pathlab buildup, contact our lab consulting firm today.