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Hospital Pulmonary Blood Gas Laboratory Receives Accreditation

New Britain [March 31 2006] - The Pulmonary Blood Gas Laboratory at New Britain General Hospital has been awarded accreditation and was recognized for providing quality laboratory services by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

Michael McNamee, MD, director of the laboratory, credited his staff for earning reaccreditation with their diligent work.

The lab is one of a select group that has been evaluated and found to be in compliance with the CAP accreditation standards — rigorous laboratory standards designed to help ensure quality patient care.

Generally, blood gas measurements are used to evaluate oxygenation and acid/base status in a person’s blood, key indicators of health that physicians use to determine if medical intervention is required.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP 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. The stringent inspection program is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory’s patients.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance.


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