The Laboratory at Fishermen’s Hospital is a full-service clinical and diagnostic laboratory focusing on accuracy and efficiency in patent care. Services include blood banking, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology and surgical pathology.
The Laboratory is accredited by the Joint Commission and licensed by the State of Florida for moderate and high-complexity testing.
The Laboratory is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most tests are performed in-house with results available the same day.
The Laboratory is staffed by a manager, histotechnologist and medical technologists/technicians and phlebotomists. Lab personnel are all licensed by the State of Florida Department of Health. Our Medical director is a Board certified Florida Licensed Pathologist.
Laboratory Orders and Registration:
The first step is to register with the Hospital in our Admitting Department for all diagnostic tests. Bring your physician’s written or electronic order indicating tests requested with the associated diagnosis. After registering, you will be shown to our Out-Patient Receptionist. He/she will take your registration papers and notify the Laboratory you are here. Our Phlebotomist will bring you to the Laboratory to collect the appropriate specimen.
The Laboratory is open 24 hours a day to serve in-patients and the Emergency Department. Out-Patient Phlebotomy services are available Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for times other than normal business hours.
If your physician tells you to fast before you have your test, this means that you should not eat or drink anything 8-10 hours before the specimen is drawn. You may only have water, black coffee or tea (no milk, sugar or juice). Consult with your physician concerning any medications ou would need to tak or if they should be withheld until after the specimen is collected.
Glucose Tolerance Testing (GTT):
If you are having a GTT, the test will take from 2 to 6 hours to complete, depending on the order received from your physician. This is a FASTING procedure. You will not be able to leave the facility during the testing procedure. GTT’s are only performed Monday – Friday, excluding holidays. You should arrive at the hospital to start your test between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
These procedures must be ordered by your physician and scheduled through the Outpatient Services by calling 305-289-6437.
Clinical Services Chemistry:
In the chemistry section, the testing menu is focused mainly on metabolic assessment and organ function. Cardiac monitoring tests are also performed in this area, as well as thyroid testing and a variety of other tests.
Clinical Services – Hematology:
The Hematology section identifies the type and numbers of cells circulating in the blood stream. An increase in the white blood cells can signal infection or other serious illness. Decrease in the number of red blood cells is an indication of anemia. Coagulation testing is also performed here, providing tests that monitor the effects of Coumadin and Heparin therapy, or determine the cause of unexplained bleeding.
Laboratory Service – Microbiology:
Within the microbiology section, the causative agents of infections are identified. Some microorganisms are identified by growth and isolation on culture plates. These organisms can be tested against a variety of antibiotics to determine which ones will be successful in eliminating the infection.
Clinical Services – Blood Bank:
The Blood Bank performs blood typing and screening for unexpected antibodies. Fishermen’s Hospital maintains an inventory of blood products available for cross-match and transfusion.
Clinical Services – Pathology:
Our Histology/Cytology Department prepares tissue and fluid specimens to provide an accurate diagnosis to aid in the treatment of our patients. Specimens are received from our surgical unit, X-Ray, ER and occasionally from the floors. The specimens are routinely processed overnight, prepared microscopically the following day and are then read and reported by the Pathologist.