No Lab, No Hospital. Simple!
Just a few minutes ago, a friend sent me a link to a news story about a hospital in New York that was forced to close because of what he described as "problems with their lab." An inspection of the laboratory by New York State Department of Health yesterday found enough significant deficiencies to direct the laboratory to cease testing immediately. They were also advised that without clinical laboratory services patient care would be in jeopardy.
In a news release, also on the website of the hospital, officials indicated, that no new patient are being admitted, inpatients are being transferred out, surgical procedures have been canceled, and the emergency room has been placed on diversion.
This just reinforces in a very vivid way, the critical role the laboratory plays in patient care. One quote said, "Without the laboratory, patients could be at risk." What an understatement.