Lakes Regional Healthcare’s Laboratory is vital to the diagnosis and treatment of many illnesses and conditions. Hospital inpatients, outpatients, and clinic patients rely on their work every day.
Our Laboratory analyzes the chemical aspects of the body to ensure they are within normal limits. These can include kidney function, liver function, diabetes maintenance, cholesterol tests, and more.
Our full-service microbiology area provides culture identification and susceptibility profiles. This means when you have an infection, for example, they identify the bacteria causing your infection, and then run the organism against a battery of antimicrobials to tell your doctor which antibiotic would be best to treat it.
The Laboratory does molecular testing to identify various conditions, such as strep, RSV, influenza, mononucleosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and pregnancy.
When you need a blood transfusion of any kind, our Laboratory can help. They perform blood typing and compatibility testing and provide blood components for patients who need transfusions. They provide red blood cells, platelets and plasma to treat anemia, bleeding disorders and hemorrhage in trauma and surgery. They also provide special diagnostic testing for patients with auto-antibodies against their own red blood cells and for pregnant women at risk of making antibodies which could attack their babies’ red blood cells.
Hematology is the study of blood and blood disorders. Hematology tests include tests on the blood, blood proteins and blood-producing organs. For example, tests done in our Laboratory can help diagnose anemia, infection, hemophilia, blood-clotting disorders, and leukemia.