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Lab Discusses Benefits of New Draw Carts Donated by the Auxiliary

Monday, March 11, 2019

NVRH Auxiliary recently met for their bi-monthly meeting. The meeting featured Director of Laboratory Services Jeanne McBride (pictured right) and Lab Assistant and Phlebotomist Veronica Jackson (pictured left,) who spoke to the membership about the new equipment purchased for the Laboratory. The purchase was made by the NVRH Auxiliary, which annually provides funding for equipment or support to programs throughout the hospital.

Lab staff members provided information on the two mobile draw carts and the two flexi-carts that were recently acquired for the laboratory staff through Auxiliary donations. The purpose of the carts is to help staff be more efficient when drawing samples from inpatients at NVRH. In the past, the staff had a portable carry basket that they could carry their supplies in, but it was cumbersome for employees and didn’t provide the best in infection practices. Often times, they didn’t have a place to put the basket down. With the new draw carts and flexi-carts staff have all of their supplies right at their fingertips. They have a work space on top of the cart so they no longer have to use bedside tables or counters. The carts provide a locking cabinet for the samples that they will return to the laboratory for testing. The carts are adjustable reducing the stress on the phlebotomist’s body and help with their ergonomics. They now are totally self-contained from one patient to another and nothing touches the bedside any longer. These carts are for in-patient and emergency room blood draws only. Outpatients still have the convenience of the outpatient draw room. The carts are quiet and easy to move about and provide a sanitary, safe area for the phlebotomists and patients. 

The NVRH Laboratory Services annually processes roughly 533,000 chemistry, hematology and blood bank specimen. There are 34 employees in the department who cover the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outpatient services are available Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. No appointment is necessary; however, patients are encouraged to pre-register by calling 802-748-8141 prior to their arrival date.

If you are interested in joining the NVRH Auxiliary or volunteering at NVRH, please contact Volunteer Services at 748-7310.

Submitted by Director of Volunteer Services Pat Forest

 


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