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[July 08, 2008]  The Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital laboratory has welcomed new microbiology equipment that converts traditional bacterial identification and antibiotic sensitivity testing into an automated process.

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]



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