PEI celebrates laboratory excellence during National Medical Laboratory week
Across the province, experts in laboratory services are working to ensure Islanders receive results that need to inform their health care. These services have never been more important than they are now, as tests performed by laboratories are helping curb COVID-19.
April 26 – May 2 is National Medical Laboratory Week in Canada.
In PEI’s provincial medical laboratories, 159 staff including physicians and medical laboratory technologists follow highly-regulated processes and standards to ensure safe, high-quality tests that are quickly accessible to health care teams.
Most recently, during the COVID-19 pandemic, laboratory services have enhanced their ability to test for coronavirus locally through both Health Canada approved and locally developed processes.
Laboratory services are located in Charlottetown, Summerside, Souris, Montague, O’Leary, and Alberton community hospitals. Services provided by provincial laboratories include Anatomical Pathology, Blood Transfusion Services, Clinical Chemistry (blood, urine, stool, and body fluid analysis); Hematology Immunology; Microbiology; Point of Care Testing, performed outside the lab but in close proximity to where a patient is receiving care; and Specimen Accessioning, which includes specimens being received, sorted, logged, labeled, and processed for analysis.