The Blood Gas Lab at The Memorial Hospital at Easton has been awarded re-accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) based on results of a recent onsite inspection. Pulmonologist Greg Oliver, MD, the laboratory’s medical director, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.”
Tests performed in the Blood Gas Lab analyze the acidity of the blood and levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in the blood. Physicians use these lab results to evaluate a patient’s oxygenation and ventilation status and respond quickly with the appropriate treatment. This testing is most commonly performed for individuals who have chronic lung disease, respiratory failure, renal failure, diabetes or suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine the staff’s qualification and the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety record and the overall management of the lab. This stringent inspection program is designed to ensure the highest standard of care of laboratory patients.