By Dr. Kriti Singh, Consultant Biochemist &Quality Manager, Columbia Asia Hospital Sarjapur Road
We live in a world full of options. From food to places and apps, from sports to hobbies, studies to career options, houses to restaurants, buying to renting, home remedies to homeopathy medicines, from Ayurvedic to allopathic medicines. Be it items, applications, eatables, clothes, places to visit, etc., everything offers a variety of options to choose from. However, we cannot afford to experiment with each of our choices or go by a hit and trial method especially when it comes to our health. One such significant, yet lightly side-lined choice is that of diagnostic laboratories.
It is not the easiest of decisions to choose a satisfactory and efficient diagnostic laboratory. It is natural to get a bit confused about what factors should be kept in mind before selecting a lab for testing the specimens of our blood/ urine/ body fluid/ stool, etc. Some of you might wonder why it is necessary to think before going to a diagnostic laboratory, and should you really be that careful. The answer to that is yes! You have to be careful because decisions about your health and further treatment are made based on the results provided by these laboratories. A laboratory has to follow certain regulatory guidelines when setting up.
Here are five essential parameters that can be considered before choosing the appropriate diagnostic laboratory:
A laboratory report is very crucial for the patient’s health. If the accuracy is compromised it can have repercussions in the form of treatment modifications based on inaccurate reports with effects ranging from minimal to severe impact on health
The digital world has given us many choices, it is our duty to make the most informed ones. When it comes to choosing the best laboratory for ourselves, rationality is emphasized. With this information, make the best choice for yourself and take care!
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