Moreland Medical Center Laboratory Services aims to provide the highest standard of clinical testing. Clinical lab tests often provide the link between the patient's presentation of symptoms and the doctor's diagnosis of and prescribed treatment for a particular condition or disease. Our team of onsite pathologists, along with our excellent phlebotomy and technical staff, is committed to serve you and your physician with the accurate results. With convenient hours and rapid turnaround time Moreland Laboratory allows caregivers in the community to treat their patients in a timely fashion. Whether a cardiologic specialist or a primary care physician, the highest patient care experience is provided allowing for healthy living and a healthy lifestyle.
Diagnostic testing and information services offers valuable insights and comprehensive services to doctors and hospitals helping them make better informed healthcare decisions for their patients. Your physician may order to provide detailed information that is not acquired simply by a physical examination. Lab work helps in diagnosing and monitoring the health condition of the individual.
Like many areas in medicine, clinical lab testing often provides few simple answers to commonly asked questions. We have attempted in the following articles to break down the issues in a way that will help you to understand the issues a bit better and perhaps to ask the appropriate questions of your doctor.
Before Your Testing
Lab work involves laboratory testing of biological samples obtained from the patient to generate data, for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease condition and health assessment of the individual. Biological samples include blood, urine, body fluids, tissues, and other specific substances, that indicate the physiological functioning of different organs of our body.
Ingested food or digestion process may influence the results of certain tests. Hence fasting prior to such tests is required for precise results. Fasting duration depends upon the type of test, such as 6 hrs fasting for blood sugar test whereas for triglycerides or lipid level tests, 12 hour fasting is required for accurate results. Consult with your referring physician for more details about your lab testing needs.
Quality results begin with the way in which a specimen is collected and prepared for analysis. Phlebotomists are people trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. Phlebotomists are trained through a certification program in a classroom trained by certified professionals. All training must also include a specific number of hours of practical training in all aspects of phlebotomy procedures. MMC phlebotomists are exposed to thousands of draws before employment.
Phlebotomists collect blood primarily by performing venipunctures, (or, for collection of minute quantities of blood, fingersticks). The duties of a Phlebotomist include accurately explaining the procedure to the patients, preparing patients accordingly, practicing the required forms of asepsis, practicing standard and universal precautions, performing the skin/vein puncture, withdrawing blood into containers or tubes, restoring hemostasis of the puncture site, instructing patients on "post puncture care".
Lab work involves the use of advanced computerized laboratory equipment, so as to insure the accuracy and consistency of the test results. In addition lab work is supervised by certain experts having knowledge of both normal physiology and pathological conditions, in an attempt to validate the test results. Lab work can be categorized in different clinical sections such as hematology, chemistry, immunology, bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, or urinalysis.
At our Lab Services department, convenience is key. Our extended operating hours are available to cater to your busy schedule, and no appointment is necessary. In fact, the average time to register and collect samples from patients is less than 15 minutes. In addition, regardless of whether your physician practices within the complex, you are able to use our lab services.
At registration, patients should be prepared to provide an order from a qualified physician, along with current insurance information and personal identification. Orders from out-of-state physicians are accepted, and Lab Services accepts most commercial insurance companies. Please check with your insurance company regarding network providers.
Accredited by the College of American Pathologists, with on-site pathology services available, our full-service laboratory performs more than 130 different tests daily in a wide variety of disciplines.
The average turnaround time for test results performed on-site is less than eight hours. Any tests that are not performed at Moreland Medical Center are processed by qualified reference laboratories, with results typically available in five days or less. All results are also transmitted directly to the patient's electronic medical record for participating physicians.