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Laboratory Services

The Clinical Microbiology services presently include Bacteriology, Mycology, Serology and Parasitology. To save costs and enable greater process control, we have opted for manual processing of samples over automation. Bacteriology offers the Gram, ZN and Albert stain, with culture and antimicrobial sensitivity of non fastidious bacteria. Medically important fungi are identified by routine mycology staining techniques and culture. Parasitology includes microscopy for protozoans/ helminths, and test for the presense of occult blood, in stool. Commercial rapid tests are employed for detecting HBsAg, CRP, ASLO, RA factor, RPR, and Widal. These services are supported by in-house media preparation. The laboratory offers round the clock services, handling a total of 7000 samples for culture and 7000 for serology annually. Quality system essentials are being addressed for accurate reporting. The laboratory follows the ‘Clinical Microbiology Procedures Handbook’ of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Press in its Standardised Operating Procedures. And the antimicrobial susceptibility testing is strictly as per the Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines. Continuous surveillance of in-vitro antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is integrated in the sensitivity reporting and data analysis so as to enable us to evolve a rational antibiotic policy for the hospital. The department is fully equipped as per the MCI norms and also proposes to install an walk-in cooler. Our annual performance report for the calendar year 2011 and 2012 is attached In the near future, we will participate in the External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) of the ‘Indian Association of Medical Microbiologists’ from January 2012 onwards. And expand the scope of our services to include anaerobic bacteriology, mycobacteriology and ELISA for viral haemorrhagic fevers.