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Schleicher County Medical Center offers onsite a wide range of highly complex laboratory services including phlebotomy, hematology, chemistry, special chemistry and serology. Some of the more common tests help providers determine whether or not patients have diabetes, high cholesterol, or infections. But other tests can be critical to determining the cause of abdominal or chest pain.
The professionals who staff the laboratory sometimes go unnoticed, but the role they play is vital to the diagnosis and treatment of disease at the hospital, emergency department and clinic. While education requirements differ, MLTs (medical laboratory technicians) and MTs (medical technologists) perform overlapping functions, including preparation of specimens, operation of automated laboratory analyzers and performance of manual testing. Phlebotomists draw blood samples from patients and may also prepare specimens for medical testing.
The laboratory is certified through the Texas Department of State Health Services' Health Facility Compliance Group. We maintain compliance under the authority of the Public Health Services Act, commonly known as Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA 88).