Dec. 14, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 49



Pathology labs among the best in the country

Photo of Pathology lab Pathology lab supervisor David King (left) works with bone marrow samples with Linda Lopez, a medical technician.

Patients waiting for throat cultures, blood work or any other type of lab test can rest assured the results will be accurate if they come from the Health Science Center pathology laboratories.

The pathology labs recently received accreditation with distinction from the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

"Everyone who is a patient will have his or her physician guided by the information from the clinical lab," said Dr. John D. Olson, professor of pathology and director of the UTHSC pathology laboratories. "A doctor can't make an accurate diagnosis and treat patients properly without accurate results."

The federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as equal to, or more stringent, than its own inspection program. Inspectors examine the records and quality control of the laboratory for two years preceding accreditation, as well as the education and qualifications of the total staff, the adequacy of the facilities, the equipment, laboratory safety and laboratory management to determine how well the lab is serving the patients.

The Health Science Center labs have participated in the accreditation process for more than 20 years.