Staff at Labs Do More than Draw Blood
The blood draw it is a necessary step before an annual physical, surgical procedure, during pregnancy, and is routine when prescribed certain medications or diagnosed with certain conditions. Many people worry about the 'stick' or have a tendency to pass out, but the staffs at Lee Memorial Health System labs are ready for anything.
"There is no typical day at the lab," says Shannon Scott, laboratory assistant at the Outpatient Center at the Sanctuary. "In addition to blood, we obtain sputum, stool and urine samples. In our office, we also handle surgical specimens from the Outpatient Surgery Center, which we package and send for testing. We always have a variety of people walking in our door."
Like Shannon, Yaimillis Garcia and the team of laboratory assistants at the Outpatient Center at HealthPark Commons see a variety of patients every day.
"We see patients as young as two days old," she says. "We see people one time, once a year, a couple of times a year or even every week. We have eight people in the office and we are all trained to handle every task and procedure in the office. From urine cultures, sweat chloride tests glucose, lactose and pre-procedure testing; we do it all."
Shannon is one of three laboratory assistants in her office. "We see a lot of regulars," she says. "HIV, hepatitis, mental health and transplant patients come in frequently. We all have the knowledge and skill to do everything whatever the script calls for and whatever the patient needs."
For those who are nervous, don't worry. "We really can handle anything and we do everything we can to keep patients comfortable and safe", Shannon says.
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