BY DR ILA JAIN
Prior to shortlisting a doctor for consultation, you probably research his/her specialty, experience & credentials. The same should be done when choosing the testing lab as the basis and course of your treatment will majorly rest on the accuracy of test results. With so many labs coming up in the market, it is challenging to decide which one to go for.
To help you solve this dilemma, here are 5 important things you should keep in mind while choosing a lab :
1 . Find a Lab that is NABL Accredited
National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is a standard organization which regulates and standardizes the quality assurance of a particular lab. It has laid down strict protocols to be followed right from sample collection, quality control till report delivery. It also mandates high quality doctors and technicians to be appointed by the lab.
Therefore, ensure that the lab you choose is NABL accredited. The more the number of years of accreditation, the more reliable and accurate are your results.
2 . Pick a Lab close to Collection Point
Since accuracy of your results is dependent upon how fresh the samples are, so to avoid delay and deterioration of your sample, opt for a lab as close to the collection point as possible. Also ask for facilities like online appointment scheduling and home collection of sample.
3 . Compare Prices across Labs
There is some variation in prices among different labs. So, do compare prices across the various NABL accredited labs.
4 . Ask for a Phlebotomist
A phlebotomist is a trained person who draws blood from your veins. Ask your lab for a trained phlebotomist.
5 . Look for timely receipt of Reports
Waiting for lab test results can cause anxiety and worry. So, choose a lab with proper turn around time, the report of your tests should be delivered within a definite time span. Also opt for a lab with online report delivery since it is the need of the day.
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