Is there any risk of contracting disease at a pathology laboratory ?

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Why does a black or blue blotch appear in some people at the site of blood collection ? How should it be dealt ?

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I feel dizzy while giving my blood sample. What should I do ?

Ans. If you are nervous or have a tendency to feel woozy or faint, tell the phlebotomist before you begin. Your blood can be drawn while you are lying down, which will help you avoid fainting and injuring yourself. If, at any time, you feel faint or lightheaded, tell the phlebotomist or someone nearby. Putting your head between your knees or lying down should make you feel better soon.

Which is the best test for monitoring control of my blood glucose levels ?

Ans. Testing for Glycosylated Hemoglobin gives you an idea of blood glucose control for the past three months. It can help you and your doctor know if the measures you are taking to control your diabetes are successful or need to be adjusted.

Can I get results of urine culture on the same day that I submit the sample at the laboratory ?

Ans. You may get a preliminary information of whether a growth is there, but a final report showing drug sensitivity of cultured bacteria is available only the next day, even with the latest equipment and technology.

What factors affect laboratory test results ?

Ans. Proper sample collection is the first step to correct results. This includes timing of sample collection, whether any special preparation is required, whether any drug has to be stopped before getting the test done, proper mixing of sample with correct anticoagulant, and such other factors. Lipaemic or hemolysed blood samples may give inaccurate results.

Ideally the samples should be tested immediately after collection, especially urine and stool samples. Some samples can be transported. However, transportation of sample needs stringent temperature and leak control measures, otherwise loss of quality can occur.

Can I discuss my test results with the pathologist ?

Ans. Yes, your pathologist has the entire information about your sample, and about any problems that may have occurred during its analysis. You should discuss your report with him if you have any doubt.

What is the best time for blood collection in infants ?

Ans. Blood for analysis in infants should be collected prior to feed, as milky & turbid serum interferes with certain testing.

When and how should I collect urine sample?

Ans. If you wish to collect urine sample at home, kindly collect a labeled container from our laboratory. You must collect early morning midstream sample for best results. After collection, the sample must be sent within 1- 2 hours to the laboratory.

How should I collect semen for Semen Analysis?

Ans. The sample should be collected after masturbation, and the complete ejaculate should be submitted for evaluation.

What is the difference between automated testing and manual testing?

Ans. Automated testing is more accurate. However, no amount of automation can equal the decision making capability of a skilled and experienced worker.




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