HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The technology in hospital labs has become much more efficient and accurate, thanks to something most of us can no longer live without, computers. Digital age technology helps lab technicians work with blood, tissue, fluids and other samples in a much safer and more proficient manner.
Wesley Medical Center Pathologist Kurt Kratz said, "a year and a half ago there were multiple processing steps which were involved, now there's just one automated one. So, as a whole between the two systems we have seen the ability for the laboratory to aggregate its functions and decrease turn around time."
The state of the art system Wesley uses is called stream lab and it supplies Doctors in and out of the hospital with test results.
"Tests come in all day long on various shifts," said Kratz, "we oversee various departments including microbiology, chemistry, special chemistry, blood banking and some I.T. functions here in the lab."
"The need for lab results will never decrease," Director of lab services Paula Ward said, "and in a profession where lab technicians are becoming scarce, a system like this one, will help keep up with the demand.
" If someone else has something that they need done and you get interrupted and taken away from the task, then it's going to lengthen the amount of time it takes for that specimen to process." With the Stream Lab, it is introduced onto the line and it runs without any intervention from us."
Ward said, the digital system has eliminated most of the labs manual testing and depending on the test, results can be ready in about 30 minutes.
"I think people will be looking for solutions, we just tried to take a future step and start preparing for it now."