Clinical pathology services are provided at all nine area hospitals with a large reference laboratory located at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.
A Clinical Pathologist:
- Monitors all laboratory testing to ensure test results are accurate and timely.
- Examines specific blood and other body fluids as necessary.
- Communicates with physicians regarding unexpected or abnormal laboratory results as necessary.
- Is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to consult with physicians as needed.
- Develops new and enhanced laboratory procedures to better monitor blood and other body fluids for disease processes.
- Implements improved, more cost-effective procedures and tests.
- Educates doctors and other healthcare professionals about new tests and the best use of all tests.
Clinical Pathology Tests:
- Hematology Test - determines the type and number of blood cells (e.g., white blood cell count).
- Coagulation Test - determines the blood's ability to clot (e.g., prothrombin time).
- Chemistry Test - determines the chemical makeup of blood (e.g., cholesterol level).
- Microbiology Test - determines the presence of bacteria or other organisms in blood, other body fluids or tissue (e.g., throat cultures).
- Blood Bank - determines the appropriate blood units and components to be used in a transfusion.