The Laboratory at OTMH saves lives everyday

The Laboratory at OTMH saves lives everyday
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Julia Tompkins

Julia Tompkins

Julia is the Marketing and Communications Officer at Oakville Hospital Foundation since December 2016.

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There’s an area of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) that patients never see. I’m talking about our laboratory.

The lab is not a glamorous area, but is one of the busiest and most important —  confirming diagnoses , finding answers, and saving precious lives. As you can imagine, thousands of tests are performed here every day — providing our doctors with the answers they need to take the best care of their patients.

The lab at OTMH performs 18,000 blood types and 13,000 antibody screenings every year.

Expensive equipment  fills Our laboratory. This equipment performs a variety of functions. And today, I’m writing to you about one special piece of equipment in particular called an Automated Immunohematology Analyzer.

Chances are you’ve never stepped foot in our lab and you may not know about an Automated Immunohematology Analyzer or  its importance. Allow me to explain.

Daily, the Automated Immunohematology Analyzer performs various tasks in transfusion medicine where we prepare blood products to be transfused into patients. Two of its biggest tests are:

  1. Determining a patient’s blood type
  2. Antibody screening

Imagine someone arrives in the Emergency Department at OTMH in need of a blood transfusion. The analyzer is used to quickly decide what blood type they need. It also checks for antibodies in the patient’s blood that could react with the donated blood they receive. It then does a cross-match to make sure the patient and donor’s blood is compatible.

The lab at OTMH performs 18,000 blood types and 13,000 antibody screenings every year.

I’m sure you’ll agree that’s a lot of tests for our lab staff to manage manually using our current Analyzer. What’s more, our Analyzer is 11 years old — more than double its expected lifespan. It has been a very dependable machine, but it uses older technology that often requires service, which can lead to lengthy downtime and delays.

Today, we need your help to replace our current Analyzer with new, cutting-edge technology. Automation means lab staff can load the sample for testing and focus on performing other tasks. It means test results can be uploaded electronically and efficiently to a patient’s medical record.

In short, having an Automated Analyzer will increase accuracy for cross-matching blood and give more timely results for a transfusion. It will improve patient care.

Making this investment now will also help for future growth and innovation at OTMH. As our community grows, we need to make sure we can meet the demands in all areas of patient care.

Upgrading to an Automated Immunohematology Analyzer will aid our laboratory in maintaining and even exceeding the turnaround time we now have. And that’s essential when you consider some of the sickest and most critically injured patients depend on this equipment: patients in the Emergency and the ICU, patients fighting cancer, patients in need of surgery.

Your gift today will help us invest in essential equipment for the lab including a new Automated Immunohematology Analyzer. It will make sure we can continue to keep up with advances in technology, ensuring you and your loved ones receive the best possible care in our hospital.

The laboratory is an unseen and not so glamorous area of our hospital. But it provides doctors with the information they need to properly diagnose and treat their patients. It makes a huge difference behind-the-scenes just like your generous gift will do today.

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