An estimated 60-70% of all decisions regarding a patient's diagnosis, treatment, hospital admission and discharge are based on laboratory testing. Alexandria Clinic has its own medical laboratory accredited by both COLA (Commission Office Laboratory Accreditation) and CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) in order to establish quality systems. The credibility of our medical laboratory is paramount to the health and safety of our patients relying on the testing services provided.
A plethora of tests including routine chemistries (organ panels, general health panels, iron panels, thyroid testing, PSA, A1c and BNP) as well as more esoteric testing such as hormone levels, tumor markers, quantitative hCG, B12 and folates are available. Hematology tests consist of CBC's with automated five-part differentials (manual differential if required), prothrombin time and sedimentation rates.
Serologies done in-house are mono, flu, H. pylori, HIV, RSV and pregnancy tests. Also, full urinalysis with microscopy and throat screens for Strep A may be done. Wound and urine cultures are plated here, and any cultures with growth are referred to the reference lab for identification and sensitivities.
Individualized laboratory testing is not conducted within Alexandria Clinic. All testing services are referred to external reference labs such as Douglas County Hospital, LabCorp or Mayo Medical Laboratories.