Diagnostic laboratories operate on a 24-hour basis and are staffed by experienced physicians, Biopathologists, Microbiologists, Biologists, Biochemists and Laboratory technicians. They are equipped with highly advanced medical devices and with state-of the-art analyzers. They cover the entire diagnostic spectrum and apply the most modern, sensitive and specific techniques according to international standards. With the wide range of diagnostic methods performed they contribute to the prevention, diagnosis and monitoring of diseases.
They have a fully automated sampling and testing system that minimizes run time, error probability and allows most results to be processed and delivered within a few hours.
They feature a modern computerized laboratory information system (L.I.S), which, after testing the controls to validate whether the instrument is operating within pre-defined specifications, allows access to the patient's history and rapid distribution of results to clinicians. The accuracy and repeatability of the results is subject to continuous internal and external quality control.
External quality control is carried out by participating in the following programs:
- Bio-Rad - EQAS (External Quality Assurance Services) Clinical Chemistry Program
- RIQAS ( Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme) IMMUNOASSAY Program
- ESEAP (NATIONAL SYSTEM FOR EXTERNAL QUALITY ASSESSMENT) Cardiac markers and glycosylated hemoglobin program
- RANDOX - RIQAS International Hematology Program for Hematology testing (every 15 days)
- RANDOX - RIQAS International Coagulation Program , for Coagulation –Hemostasis testing
- “Accredia” Accreditation program (Biodev) for the assessment of the bacterial susceptibility to antimicrobial agents tests.
It is worth mentioning that our hospital’s diagnostic laboratories are often ranked among the leading laboratories worldwide for their reliability and accuracy of results. The Microbiology Department carries out continuous testing to detect carriers of resistant strains from patients coming from other hospitals in order to prevent the introduction and transmission of resistant strains. The Multidisciplinary Hospital Infections Control Committee meets on a regular basis, decides and issues guidelines for the prevention and control of epidemics of resistant bacteria.
Henry Dunant Hospital Center’s Diagnostic Laboratories consist of the following individual Departments:
- Microbiology Hematology - Hemostasis Biochemistry - Hormonology Immunology Electrophoresis and immunofixation Activities of the individual Departments
The following tests are carried out:
- Serological diagnosis of infections caused by bacteria, parasites and viruses (applied methods/assays IFA, ELISA, immunochromatography, chemiluminescence, electrogenerated chemiluminescence, avidity etc.)
- Diagnosis and monitoring of the entire range of autoimmune diseases Hematology Department, Coagulation - Hemostasis
In addition to the routine blood tests, specific coagulation-hemostasis tests, specified laboratory tests (mixing test, etc.) and specific staining of peripheral blood cells, bone marrow cells, urine etc. are performed, supporting the needs of the hospital's Hematology Department.
Biochemistry – Hormonology department
In addition to the number of biochemical analysis and routine tests, the following are performed:
- chemical analysis of uroliths in response to the needs of the Lithotripsy Unit established in the “Henry Dunant” Hospital Center
- determination of the entire range of hormones (thyroid, hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, gonadal, etc) with electrogenerated chemiluminescence and RIA
- all markers for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of osteoporosis
- the entire range of common and specific tumor markers
- testing for cardiac markers (high sensitivity troponin, BNP, etc.)
- determination of a wide range of allergens.
All cultures are performed:
- Fluids (pleural, ascitic, synovial, pericardial), urine, faeces, sputum, pus and blood for bacteria (aerobic, anaerobic) and fungi
- vaginal and cervical discharge for Streptococcus group B, Mycoplasma, Ureoplasma, Chlamydia trachomatis
- clinical samples for tuberculosis
- Fecal culture includes specific materials for the identification of all enteropathogens (Salmonella spp, Campylobacter spp, Shigella spp, etc.). The anaerobic bacteria culture includes a specific series of materials for the isolation and identification of anaerobic bacteria, Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria.
The bacterial susceptibility to antimicrobial agents includes the following:
- Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion susceptibility test (the quality of culture media and the method are tested with ATCC reference strains)
- MIC determination with Etest and automated instrument (Vitec)
- phenotypic assays for testing the resistance mechanisms and the correct interpretation of the antibiogram data. For fungi isolation, the laboratory uses specific materials and susceptibility is tested with Etest on RPMI medium. Detection of pathogens from positive blood cultures, CNS infections, respiratory infections and gastrointestinal infections with rapid PCR( FilmArray).
The same laboratory also performs semen analysis (Seminogram) (study of all parameters, sperm count, motility, morphology, vitality, fructose detection, etc.).
The diagnostic laboratories along with the immediate briefing of the clinician, the appropriate information collected, the interpretative observations, the complementary tests performed, and the confirmation of the results by a second reference method (where deemed necessary) assist the clinician in the rapid and accurate diagnosis, causative treatment and the successful outcome of the patient's disease.
Biochemists - Chemists:
Manousaki Mina, PhD
Stephanitsis Gerasimos, PhD