“Lab work is integral in diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring,” said Colleen Bennett, lab manager at St. Mary’s Hospital in Cottonwood. “For example, if the physician suspects an infection they will submit a sample to the laboratory where the organism is identified. Treatment options can be determined by providing the physician with which antibiotics the infection will be susceptible to. More than 70 percent of diagnoses are based, in part, on laboratory test results.”
“Working in the lab is never boring,” added Bennett. “Every day is different and challenging. One day we are preparing blood products for transfusion, the next we may spend most of the day taking apart a machine.”
“A large part of laboratory is keeping up with regulatory requirements for laboratory testing,” continued Bennett. “The lab is one of the most highly regulated departments in the hospital. There is a lot of work that goes into making sure that every result that we turn out is correct. Our lab is accredited by the State of Idaho and is inspected to ensure that we are following all regulatory requirements.”
Lab work is very fast-paced as St. Mary’s is striving to provide high quality test results in the least amount of time. Within the next five years, it is estimated that up to 20 percent of the medical laboratory scientists nationwide will be retiring. There are tremendous employment opportunities in this field all over the country. This is a great time to look into this field!
Neighborhood Experts: St. Mary's Hospital and Clinics
Lab work is integral in diagnosis, treatment and monitoring