There are many labs that are available to doctors, and some may be beneficial to certain practices. Other labs may not suit the type of work you are doing, making them irrelevant in your office. Knowing which are the most common, and what will provide the greatest use to your practice can help you make informed decisions and what lab equipment is necessary for your doctor’s office. Some common labs will almost always crop up, and you should decide if they will be needed in your practice. Here are the most frequently used, and some reasons to install certain labs.
Urine Testing Labs
With new mandates for drug testing, and what urine can tell you about a person’s nutrition, this is one lab set up you may want to consider for any practice. Mineral contents, and other foreign contaminants can affect almost all aspects of a patient’s health, and urine tests go a long way in determining many factors in overall health. The convenience of one of these labs is often enough to encourage many practices to have at least a small urine lab. Even small hospitals are keeping their urine testing in-house to reduce outsourcing costs, and protect patients with drug screenings.
Blood Lab Setups
The second most common in a modern practice, is a small blood lab. Blood is essentially a human’s life force, and much of what we do can be found with simple blood testing. Nutrition, exercise, heart issues, drinking habits, and much more can be determined with a simple blood test. If you are a general practitioner, or are running a small medical practice locally, it is highly recommended that you have at least one in house blood testing lab. It circumvents long waiting times and other continuous gripes patients have about many smaller practices without lab set ups for patients.