Reprieve for outpatients as LUTH procures new laboratory equipment

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By Chioma Obinna

The Management of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, has procured an ultramodern laboratory equipment to ease difficulties faced by outpatients at the hospital’s Accident and Emergency department as well as ensure results of medical tests are obtained almost immediately.

Prior to the commissioning of the new laboratory, patients walked long distances from the Outpatient Department (OPD) to get to the laboratory.

The new lab, situated right inside the OPD building, is equipped with a new Architect C-4000 machine.

The representative of the supplier, Abbot Diagnostic Company, Mr. Clement Mark, during the commissioning in Lagos, said the machine has the capacity to give 800 tests per hour- 400 pictometric test and 400 electrolyte tests.

“This cuts across all parameters, which includes liver function tests, kidney function test, glucose profile and much other analysis.”

COMMISSIONING: Left- Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Professor Chris Bode, with other dignitaries during the official commissioning of the new ultra-mordern laboratory at the Accident & Emergency ward of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, Idi Araba, Lagos, last week.

Further, he    explained that the machine is equipped with a Processing Module (PM), with a System Monitor that is connected to a System Control Unit, which works by feeding a unit in the machine called Analyser with samples.

He added that a system called probes picks the sample, mixes the sample with the reagent in another compartment of the machine, allows it to incubate for a while and the result displays on the monitor and then printed out for the doctors’ use.

Mark noted that the equipment processes and produces results within the range of 4-10 minutes depending on the protocol. This he noted that the equipment guarantees  fast turnaround for the patient, because he/she doesn’t have to wait days for results.

Noting that the equipment was vital for every patient that comes to the hospital, the Head of Department for Haematology and Blood Transfusion, LUTH, Dr. Titilope Adeyemo, said they will also be running haematological tests- full blood count.

The Chief Medical Director, LUTH, Professor Chris Bode, said the lab was part of steps being taken to get the one-stop-shop as well as reduce the stress patients lace to obtain services.

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