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WCH Upgrades Laboratory Instrumentation

By Staff | Jan 12, 2011

Wetzel County Hospital Laboratory has upgraded its Chemistry Section instrumentation. The Laboratory has installed the Ortho Clinical Diagnostics VITROS 5600 Integrated System. This new generation of laboratory analyzer performs general and special chemistry testing on a single platform and represents another step forward for Wetzel County Hospital in providing state-of-the-art services that are normally only available at much larger hospitals.

According to Wetzel County Hospital Laboratory Manger Jodi Franklin, the new analyzer is able to process samples more rapidly, which will provide results to the physician quicker for faster treatment of the patient. They also have enabled the laboratory to expand the number and types of tests that are currently offered which will provide faster results as the samples formerly sent out to be analyzed will no longer have the be transported to an outside laboratory.

Heidi Willis, chemistry section head, states that the new analyzer increases the number of onboard tests per hour, which provides Wetzel County Hospital with a larger testing menu. Franklin states that the new Vitros 5600 will allow the hospital to improve staff efficiency, increase confidence in their laboratory results, and help them reduce current and control future testing costs.

George Couch, then Wetzel County Hospital CEO, noted that the VITROS 5600 addresses a number of issues that are vitally important to every hospital.

“Through built in, computerized processes the system will reduce the likelihood of errors through an auto verification system; eliminates inconsistent results which may require the patient to have to provide additional samples; automates many of the quality control and calibration process that are normally manual functions; and increases the number of samples that can be processed without the need to increase staffing levels. Overall this system will bring a new level of confidence and accuracy to benefit our laboratory staff, physicians and most importantly, our patients,” said Couch.

Wetzel County Hospital is a licensed and Joint Commission accredited, 58-bed facility, offering comprehensive acute care inpatient, outpatient services, emergency department, surgical and special procedures unit.

WCH Upgrades Laboratory Instrumentation

By Staff | Jan 12, 2011

Wetzel County Hospital Laboratory has upgraded its Chemistry Section instrumentation. The Laboratory has installed the Ortho Clinical Diagnostics VITROS 5600 Integrated System. This new generation of laboratory analyzer performs general and special chemistry testing on a single platform and represents another step forward for Wetzel County Hospital in providing state-of-the-art services that are normally only available at much larger hospitals.

According to Wetzel County Hospital Laboratory Manger Jodi Franklin, the new analyzer is able to process samples more rapidly, which will provide results to the physician quicker for faster treatment of the patient. They also have enabled the laboratory to expand the number and types of tests that are currently offered which will provide faster results as the samples formerly sent out to be analyzed will no longer have the be transported to an outside laboratory.

Heidi Willis, chemistry section head, states that the new analyzer increases the number of onboard tests per hour, which provides Wetzel County Hospital with a larger testing menu. Franklin states that the new Vitros 5600 will allow the hospital to improve staff efficiency, increase confidence in their laboratory results, and help them reduce current and control future testing costs.

George Couch, then Wetzel County Hospital CEO, noted that the VITROS 5600 addresses a number of issues that are vitally important to every hospital.

“Through built in, computerized processes the system will reduce the likelihood of errors through an auto verification system; eliminates inconsistent results which may require the patient to have to provide additional samples; automates many of the quality control and calibration process that are normally manual functions; and increases the number of samples that can be processed without the need to increase staffing levels. Overall this system will bring a new level of confidence and accuracy to benefit our laboratory staff, physicians and most importantly, our patients,” said Couch.

Wetzel County Hospital is a licensed and Joint Commission accredited, 58-bed facility, offering comprehensive acute care inpatient, outpatient services, emergency department, surgical and special procedures unit.