Physicians are now receiving information from a standardized system
that analyzes the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment. The Vitek 2
analyzer, as well as the BacT/ALERT 3D blood culture analyzer, have
been in use in the lab since March.
BioMerieux, the company that
markets these analyzers, describes both the Vitek 2 and BacT/ALERT
3D as providing greater control, efficiency and accuracy in the
microbiology lab. The use of plastic instead of traditional glass
blood culture bottles also improves safety for laboratory staff.
Jeannette Savery, ALMH lead lab technologist, says that the new
equipment speeds up the analysis process and provides test results
more quickly for physicians and patients. "The manual method
required waiting overnight for results," she said. "Now as soon as
results are ready, a lab technician may review and release them to
the hospital's electronic interface, where a physician with access
can receive the information they need."
ALMH is a not-for-profit community hospital serving patients in
Logan and eastern Mason counties. Its laboratory staff completes
more than 130,000 tests every year. To learn more about the
laboratory and other health care services offered at ALMH, visit
[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]