What diagnostic laboratory services are
Diagnostic laboratory services are something that every really good hospital or clinic needs. They allow your doctor to test you for pregnancy or diagnose a number of possible ailments, including diabetes, tuberculosis, hepatitis, Lyme disease, allergies, anemia, various skin conditions, and many forms of cancer. This involves collecting a sample of blood, urine or tissue and bringing it to the lab.
When the test is a blood test, the first job belongs to the phlebotomist. This is someone who draws small quantities of blood from a vein, either for transfusions or for having it tested. This is more complicated than it sounds. The phlebotomist must make sure the blood sample is coming from the right person, explain the procedure to the patient, draw the blood into the right tube with whatever additives the test calls for while taking proper precautions against infection or excessive bleeding, close and clean the puncture, let the patient know how to take care of it, label the sample and bring it to the lab. If only a very small amount of blood is needed, the phlebotomist may use a fingerstick. If drawing blood from an infant, he or she may use a heel stick.
And then there is the lab services itself. The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, or CLIA, sets the standards for laboratories in the United States that examine specimens of human blood or tissue. These standards are designed to minimize the risk of incorrect test results, which can have serious medical consequences if acted upon. Any lab or test that meets these standards is considered CLIA waived, although it is not guaranteed to be error-proof.
The advantage of an in house lab is that if you need lab work done, it can be done at the time of your appointment and the results can be had as quickly as possible. The lab technician can show you the test results and explain them to you.
Diagnostic laboratory services available in Matthews, NC
The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, a subscription medical practice, has a CLIA waived in house lab and a phlebotomist on staff four half days a week. They can perform the rapid strep test, the flu test, the diabetes monitoring test, pregnancy test, and urinalysis, among others. The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if your insurance is accepted.
The Conner Clinic also includes an in-house pharmacy and an online portal for keeping track of your information and scheduling appointments. Make an appointment today.