KARACHI: The Aga Khan University Clinical Laboratories have introduced an automated haematology system, the first of its kind in Pakistan. The new automated equipment which has a capacity to test 150 samples per hour has not only enhanced the accuracy of results but also increased turnaround.
Haematology, the study of blood and blood diseases, is critical in the diagnosis and treatment of a large number of diseases and the new system is facilitating doctors in prompt diagnosis and treatment of their patients.
This is an added dimension to the quality service and access to diagnostic facilities being provided by the Clinical Laboratories which now has a network of over 200 phlebotomy centres in 93 cities and 13 stat labs throughout the country.
“Introducing this system in the section of haematology was a daunting endeavour. Laboratory diagnostics is a constantly evolving field. Therefore, this system has been designed to meet current testing needs and also can be configured to handle future demands,” said Dr Bushra Moiz, Associate Professor, Pathology and Microbiology.
According to Dr Mohammad Khurshid, Professor of Haematology and Founding Chair Department of Oncology, “Initiation of advanced automated services in haematology at AKU will provide patients with rapid results of their tests and assist physicians to interpret results in the light of more reliable clinical information.”
Dr Naila Kayani, Chair Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Director Clinical Laboratories appreciated the efforts of haematology faculty in introducing automation for improving diagnostic workup.