Patient samples are
analyzed in three major disciplines consisting
of biochemistry, hematology and immunohematology.
department uses a computerized random access
analyzer for the testing of patient blood and
urine samples. The department plays an
important role in the diagnosis and treatment of
heart attacks, diabetes, liver disease, kidney
function and cholesterol monitoring.
The hematology department
is instrumental in the diagnosis of many blood
disorders such as leukemia, malaria, infections
and in nutritional deficiencies. The most
common blood test performed in this department
is the CBC (complete blood count). Coagulation
tests are also performed here. An example for
this is the I.N.R. which is a test to help
regulate patients who are on blood thinners.
immunohematology department or more commonly
known as the blood bank is responsible for
compatibility testing of blood, blood typing and
the issuing of blood for transfusions.
Point of Care (bedside
testing) is available after hours through the
Emergency Department nurses.