Which exam is taken on an empty stomach?
It is necessary to be fasting at the Laboratory when your order has one or more of
the following blood tests: Acetone, uric acid, bile acids, fatty acids, Calcium, Creatinine,
Glucose, Insulin, triglycerides, sedimentation rate.
Is it necessary to make an appointment at the Laboratory for a sample?
No, we do the samples during the opening hours of the Laboratory, 24 hours/7
days a week. So you can come at your convenience while fasting if necessary.
Are your test results confidential?
All patient information is confidential and protected by professional secrecy.
The results can be communicated to the patient himself/herself, to a third person duly
appointed by the patient, the prescribing practitioner and any other practitioner
designated by the patient.
Does the laboratory perform external quality control on test results?
Yes, it is the external quality assessment: also known as quality control.
It corresponds to control by an outside agency, the quality of results provided by a
laboratory. This control allows a retrospective inter-laboratory comparison to
improve the quality of work of all participants. The outside agency sends the same
samples to different laboratories, collects the results, analyzes the results and
provides comments to participating laboratories.
Does the laboratory perform quality control on its own results?
Yes we perform internal quality control as part of the process of performing the tests.
What is a reference range for a test?
A reference range (or reference values or interval) is a set of values of some
measurement that a physician or other health professional can use to interpret a set
of results for a particular patient. They are generally expressed by taking into
account the upper and lower limits from a vast numbers of laboratory tests.
Reference ranges may vary, depending on the age, sex and race of a population.
They may be established by the biologist, based on analytical techniques it uses,
or possibly verified when he/she uses data from scientific publications.
The term "reference value" is preferable to those of "normal value" .
Can a test result be issued without assessing the validity?
No, a validation process to ensure that a result is compatible
with the biological record of the patient is followed.
This validation is both analytical and biological.
Analytical validation includes verification of testing
conditions compliance and results obtained with control samples.
Biological validation checks consistency of patient
test results by comparing with previous results. It may require knowledge
of the patient's clinical condition and treatment implemented.
It is provided by a biologist.