JSH Upgrades Urinalysis Lab
Physicians often order Urinalysis as part of pre-surgery preparation, or to screen for a variety of disorders, such as diabetes. Urinalysis may be used to diagnose medical conditions expressed with abdominal pain, or to monitor a current condition such as kidney disease. Urinalysis tests are one of the most ordered tests performed in any clinical laboratory. Typically between 14,000-15,000 are performed at Jersey Shore Hospital each year.
The Jersey Shore Hospital Laboratory recently acquired an automated urine chemistry instrument, the iChem® VEOLCITY™. This urinalysis machine has the ability to perform over 200 tests per hour. Its “walk-away” automated process enables laboratory technicians to be more efficient with their workload.
Dean Hoffman of the JSH Laboratory says, “This next generation urine analyzer has a high-throughput of over 200 tests per hour. We can now analyze entire batches of urines easier and less expensively, allowing technicians to perform the necessary manual microscopic analysis on the samples when necessary.”
JSH is continually upgrading its equipment and technology to provide clinicians and their patients with advanced testing and diagnostic capabilities. JSH has some of the area’s most advanced testing capabilities. Over the last 15 months, the JSH Laboratory has upgraded five instruments, all which have improved efficiency, patient safety and analysis time.