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Learn more about our laboratory caregivers in honor of National Laboratory Week

Published April 20, 2015

Medical Laboratory Science, also called Medical Technology, is the health profession that provides laboratory information and services needed for the assistance to health care providers in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The laboratory performs chemical, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, molecular, and bacteriological diagnostic analyses on body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, pleural fluid and synovial fluid. These specimens are collected and processed from patients by lab personnel and other healthcare providers and are sent to the clinical laboratory to be tested and resulted by medical laboratory scientists.

Examples of laboratory tests performed by the laboratory are:

  • The detection of the abnormal cells that cause leukemia
  • The analysis of cardiac enzyme activity released during a heart attack
  • The identification of the type of bacteria causing an infection
  • Transfusion of blood products to assist with surgery or excessive blood loss
  • The detection of DNA markers for genetic diseases

Our lab team consist of:

  • Lab Assistants—performs phlebotomy and other lab collections
  • Medical Technologists—analyze lab testing for diagnosis of disease process
  • Technical Lab Assistants—assist Medical Technologist
  • Client Service Assistants—provides support to both lab staff and other caregivers
  • Couriers—transport specimens to and from Providence

Thank you to all of our laboratory caregivers for your dedication to care for our community!