The Southwest Medical Center laboratory service strives to provide appropriate, timely, accurate analysis of biological fluids to be used by the Medical Staff for diagnosis and treatment of patients. SWMC Laboratory is approved for Medicare Testing through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) Program. CLIA ID number is 17D045332. The service is CAP accredited. CAP Participant number is 1973501.
SWMC Laboratory Services is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week for in-patients and Emergency Room patients. It is also open for outpatients Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All biochemical tests come under chemical pathology. These tests are performed on any kind of body fluid, but mostly on serum and plasma. Clinical chemistry consists of a large array of tests that can be further sub-categorized as:
-General or routine chemistry
In a clinical laboratory the hematology department performs numerous different tests on blood and body fluids. The most commonly performed tests are the complete blood count (CBC) and the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR). We also perform studies of blood coagulation. Those tests include the prothrombin time (PT) and partial thromboplastin time (PTT).
A urinalysis (or “UA”) is an array of tests performed on urine. Tests performed in urine are the most common and easy methods of medical diagnosis.