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This course provides an overview of the common tests analyzed in the medical laboratory. The pre-analytical requirements for tests in clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, transfusion services, anatomical pathology, cytology and the tumour marker lab are explored. The significance, collection requirements, abbreviations and terminology related to these tests is studied. Basic procedures done in chemistry, hematology, transfusion services and bacteriology are also introduced. The role of the Canadian Blood Services in providing blood products is described. The importance of following standard operating procedures and protocols set by medical laboratories is emphasized.
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