About Laboratory And Clinical Laboratory?
What is the difference between a laboratory and a clinical laboratory? Is the quality and handling the same? Thank you
Laboratory itself is a term to mean a place or room equipped with various equipment to carry out investigations / research / experiments. Therefore the term laboratory is not only limited to use for medical examination purposes, because there are also laboratories that are not related to health, such as language laboratories, computer laboratories, technical laboratories, etc.
While clinical laboratories refer to a health facility that acts as a means of supporting health workers to be able to provide additional information about the patient's medical condition, clinical laboratories generally carry out examinations of patients' blood, urine, and feces, but there are also laboratories that can carry out other tests such as for example brain fluids. As for each laboratory, of course, it can have a difference in both the facilities it has because the tools and machines used are different, the solvents and chemicals used are different. These things are what ultimately distinguishes why one clinical laboratory can perform various kinds of medical examinations but in other clinical laboratories it can only perform a few simple examinations. Although both clinical laboratories, the services provided may differ, depending on the facilities available from the laboratory.
However, the results of the examination must be compared with the patient's clinical symptoms and direct physical examination, so before going to a clinical laboratory, you should first check with a doctor, because if the information obtained from the physical examination and question and answer session is sufficient it can prove medical condition / disease that is being experienced by the patient, it may not be necessary to do a supporting examination.
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