Most private labs do not follow any guidelines

Is there any set of guidelines for starting a diagnostic laboratory in Karnataka?
There are no guidelines or  laws governing diagnostic laboratories. One or two doctors come together and start  a diagnostic centre after obtaining a license from the DHO and DC. There is no standard practice for conducting the tests or the storage facilities. In the absence of a benchmark, the charges for the blood and haemoglobin tests vary from one centre to another. Some even offer discounts to attract more patients.
How safe are these private diagnostic centers?
Any blood test has to be certified by a pathologist, but in most of these laboratories it is certified by a laboratory technologist. So how can you believe  the test reports are authentic and safe? Less than 10 per cent of the diagnostic laboratories in the city have trained pathologists.
How can a layman choose an authentic diagnostic laboratory?
Before going to any of the laboratories for a test, one should  check whether they are accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). While NABL accreditation is not a must for diagnostic laboratories, the board has been established to provide government, industrial associations and industry in general with a scheme for third party assessment of a laboratory’s quality and technical competence in testing and calibration. So if a laboratory is NABL accredited you can trust it.
How can safety and hygiene be ensured in these diagnostic laboratories? 
There should be a legitimate process and a universally designed standard of practice for sample collection,  storage facilities, use of reagents and so on. There should also be a body to authenticate the functioning of these laboratories. But to make sure that they follow the required safety and hygiene standards they must all get NABL accredited.
(Dr Aravind Gubbi, Vice President, Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association)

Post new comment

<form action="/comment/reply/250203" accept-charset="UTF-8" method="post" id="comment-form"> <div><div class="form-item" id="edit-name-wrapper"> <label for="edit-name">Your name: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="60" name="name" id="edit-name" size="30" value="Reader" class="form-text required" /> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-mail-wrapper"> <label for="edit-mail">E-Mail Address: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <input type="text" maxlength="64" name="mail" id="edit-mail" size="30" value="" class="form-text required" /> <div class="description">The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.</div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-comment-wrapper"> <label for="edit-comment">Comment: <span class="form-required" title="This field is required.">*</span></label> <textarea cols="60" rows="15" name="comment" id="edit-comment" class="form-textarea resizable required"></textarea> </div> <fieldset class=" collapsible collapsed"><legend>Input format</legend><div class="form-item" id="edit-format-1-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-1"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-1" name="format" value="1" class="form-radio" /> Filtered HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Allowed HTML tags: &lt;a&gt; &lt;em&gt; &lt;strong&gt; &lt;cite&gt; &lt;code&gt; &lt;ul&gt; &lt;ol&gt; &lt;li&gt; &lt;dl&gt; &lt;dt&gt; &lt;dd&gt;</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> <div class="form-item" id="edit-format-2-wrapper"> <label class="option" for="edit-format-2"><input type="radio" id="edit-format-2" name="format" value="2" checked="checked" class="form-radio" /> Full HTML</label> <div class="description"><ul class="tips"><li>Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.</li><li>Lines and paragraphs break automatically.</li></ul></div> </div> </fieldset> <input type="hidden" name="form_build_id" id="form-81e27517d60666228a1becaac94de1f9" value="form-81e27517d60666228a1becaac94de1f9" /> <input type="hidden" name="form_id" id="edit-comment-form" value="comment_form" /> <fieldset class="captcha"><legend>CAPTCHA</legend><div class="description">This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.</div><input type="hidden" name="captcha_sid" id="edit-captcha-sid" value="64405848" /> <input type="hidden" name="captcha_response" id="edit-captcha-response" value="NLPCaptcha" /> <div class="form-item"> <div id="nlpcaptcha_ajax_api_container"><script type="text/javascript"> var NLPOptions = {key:'c4823cf77a2526b0fba265e2af75c1b5'};</script><script type="text/javascript" src="http://call.nlpcaptcha.in/js/captcha.js" ></script></div> </div> </fieldset> <span class="btn-left"><span class="btn-right"><input type="submit" name="op" id="edit-submit" value="Save" class="form-submit" /></span></span> </div></form>

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

No Articles Found

I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.