Clinical Laboratory And Nursing Laboratory

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Clinical laboratory, what comes to your mind when you hear that word? Do you think of one department such as Phlebotomy or many departments? After reading this paper you will have a better understanding about the departments of the clinical laboratory and what exactly a clinical laboratory is. There is more than just Phlebotomy when it comes to the clinical laboratory. I’ll be explaining what a clinical laboratory is and seven departments of the clinical laboratory. First, what is a clinical laboratory? A clinical laboratory is a laboratory with several departments that perform test to help provide better information to the patient to provide them with a diagnosis, a treatment or even to prevent disease. So who oversee these labs? One of the monitoring agencies is American society of clinical laboratory science. They “assure reliable test results which contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of physiological and pathological conditions.” In 1988 The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988 was inputted. (CLIA ’88) This act has divided the clinical laboratory testing in to waved, moderately complex, and highly complex categories’. Waved testing is a simple and accurate test. Some examples would be pregnancy test, blood glucose test, and also the urine dipstick test. Moderately complex testing is manual procedures with minimal steps and minimal preparation. Highly complex testing is including all laboratory testing. There are many positions in
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