Memorial Hospital Blood Gas Lab Earns Accreditation

The Memorial Hospital at Easton Blood Gas Lab Laboratory has been awarded re-accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

The Blood Gas Lab, which is under the medical direction of Greg Oliver, MD, is responsible for blood testing procedures that provide detailed information about how well a person is breathing. The results produced by the lab help physicians determine if patients require supplemental oxygen, breathing assistance through a ventilator, and other medical treatment.

During the accreditation process, CAP inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. The inspectors also examine the entire staff’s qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. This stringent inspection program is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for patients.

Memorial Hospital operates one of the more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide. CAP, which is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists, is an advocate for high quality and cost effective medical care.