Clinical Laboratory Technology Programs
The clinical (medical) laboratory is a rarely seen but extremely important member of the healthcare team. Phlebotomist and technicians collect blood and other samples from the patient for analysis. Once the samples are obtained, they are analyzed by the Clinical (Medical) Laboratory Technicians and Scientists using basic science methods as well as sophisticated, computer controlled equipment. The patient’s healthcare provider will use these results to help determine the cause of the patient’s illness and monitor the course of treatment. As much as 70-80% of all critical healthcare treatment decisions are based on these laboratory results.
Some of the areas that are included in the clinical laboratory and how they influence a patient’s treatment are:
Hematology-study of blood cells in order to diagnose and treat infections, anemias and leukemias.
Chemistry-measurement of glucose, cholesterol, potassium, medication levels, cancer tumor markers,
thyroid and liver function to name a few.
Microbiology-identification of bacteria and other microorganisms, and provide antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
Blood Bank-collection, storage, and pre-transfusion testing of blood and plasma components
for transfusion to patients.
Most patients may never see or talk with a member of the clinical laboratory team, except possibly a phlebotomist. But, their healthcare provider relies on the results they produce to provide quality healthcare.
Links and Documents:
Essential Functions of Clinical Laboratory Students at Central Georgia Technical College
Clinical Sites for the Clinical Laboratory Technology Programs: