Our In-house Laboratory called Penang Adventist Hospital Clinical Pathology Laboratory Services plays an important integrated and crucial part of Penang Adventist Hospital. Since commencing in October 2003, we have been doing about 50,000 tests per month with a turnaround time of 3 hours for all tests ordered.
Our team is committed in providing a friendly environment, coupled with prompt and accurate service that meets international standards for the community.
In the detection, diagnostic and treatment of disease, the Clinical Laboratory provides a range of services which includes:
- Chemical Pathology
- Medical Microbiology
- Transfusion Medicine
- Immunology and Serology Department
- Urinalysis Department
- Clinical Parasitology
In order to succeed as a one-stop clinical Laboratory, we have incorporated a Laboratory Information System which provides us with real-time bar-coding of all samples that is interfaced with our analyzers. Once results are validated, they are immediately transmitted via the Hospital Information System to whoever is authorized to view the results. Some of the analyzers available are:
Architect ci 8200
This analyzer is the first truly Integrated Clinical Chemistry and Immunoassay Analyzer to be installed in the Asia Pacific region. It delivers a faster turnaround time; with 83 Assays on Board, it has the ability to generate 1,400 tests per hour.
Cell-DYN 3700 Analyzer
In Haematology department, the laboratory has a cell counter system which is fully automated. It has a sample loader and can provide continuous closed sampling at any given time. The analyzer has a multi-parameter function and its technology incorporates the laser as an optical count and impedence count as an electrical impulse. To be more precise and accurate, these two methods interact or complement each other before a final result is reported.
Dia-Med Gel Card Analyzer
In Transfussion Medicine department, the laboratory has a semi-automated Gel Card ID System. To ensure reliability and to enhance patient care, the laboratory does all the cross-matching and donor screening for atypical antibodies in the Gel Card System. This system offers standardization, and a rapid, simple way to detect blood incompatibility and also to detect atypical antibodies present in the blood.
Automated Vitek 32 Analyzer
In Medical Microbiology department, the laboratory has installed the first automated Vitek 32 in the northern region of Malaysia.
Following the National Committee of Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS), the analyzer automatically identifies the genus species of the bacteria present and the antibiotic sensitivity testing all at the same time. This saves time and ensures reliability of test results.
Lastly, our laboratory is also participating in the Randox International Quality Assurance Scheme where unknown samples are being analyzed and the results are sent to the United Kingdom for interpretation. This itself enhances the quality of our laboratory's results and magnifies our mission statement which states that:
"We are committed to providing friendly, prompt and accurate services to our community, while meeting international standards."