|PCHS to celebrate National Lab Week|
National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 18-24 is being celebrated at Perkins County Hospital with the theme, “Laboratory Professionals Get Results.”
Some of the events planned for this week include:
• Food drive all week for the Perkins County food pantry • Lunch for lab employees
• Chocolate ice cream with M&Ms and caramel for employees and patients
• Popcorn for employees and patients
• Games for PCHS employees.
Medical laboratory professionals perform many different laboratory tests to help diagnose disease and monitor treatment.
Approximately 75 percent of all medical decisions are based on laboratory results.
Laboratory tests help diagnose many disease states, including: diabetes, renal disease, hepatic disease, influenza, multiple myeloma, immunodeficiency, myocardial infarction, heart disease, atherosclerosis, hyper/hypo thyroidism, pernicious anemia, strep throat, respiratory syncitial virus, mononucleosis, iron deficient anemia, infections, leukemia, hemorrhage, malnutrition, urinary infection, kidney stones, cancer of the prostate, colon and breast.
Medical laboratory professionals also monitor medication levels, including: Coumadin, Digoxin, Carbamazepine, Vancomycin and Gentamycin.
They also provide 24-hour heart monitors, EKG tracings and pulmonary function tests.
Medical laboratory professionals at Perkins County Health Services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Someone is always on call to provide results for health care providers.
The normal hours of service are 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday thru Friday), 6 a.m.-noon (Saturday) and 6-9 a.m. (Sunday). Governor Heineman signed a proclamation declaring recognition of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in the State of Nebraska for April 18-24.