Laboratoires St. Elie offers continuing education in laboratory medicine for employees on a regular, scheduled basis. The education includes in service programs, lectures and written laboratory briefs on new testing methodologies. The purpose is to keep our accredited staff’s general level of knowledge up to date and in parity with state of the art technologies and applied practices. All members of staff are required to participate in these sessions, taking turns in the presentation of lectures. The employees are also encouraged to attend conferences and workshops that are held regularly around the country. Dr. Hallak’s input in these educational meetings concentrates on conveying the information he obtains from scientific conferences that he attends regularly in Lebanon and abroad. And in this way, he keeps the staff in touch with current advances in the field of laboratory medicine. With its commitment to ongoing education in our field, Laboratoires St. Elie is proud to provide our services at the highest standard.
Clinical biochemistry (also known as chemical pathology) is the area of clinical pathology that is generally concerned with analysis of bodily fluids.
Advanced centers, like Laboratoires St. Elie, are now highly automated to accommodate the high workload typical of a hospital laboratory. Techniques applied include the use and measurement of enzyme activities, spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, and immunoassay. The tests we perform are closely monitored and quality controlled both internally and externally in .
This large array of tests can be further sub-categorized:
General or routine chemistry – commonly ordered blood chemistries (e.g., liver and kidney function tests).
Special chemistry – elaborate techniques such as electrophoresis, and manual testing methods.
Toxicology – the study of drugs of abuse and other chemicals.
Therapeutic Drug Monitoring – measurement of therapeutic medication levels to optimize dosage.
Urinalysis – chemical analysis of urine for a wide array of diseases, along with other fluids such as CSF and effusions
Fecal analysis – mostly for detection of gastrointestinal disorders.
Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa. This discipline includes fundamental research on various aspects of microorganisms, including their:
Abundant, although usually unnoticed, microorganisms provide ample evidence of their presence—sometimes unfavourably, as when they cause decay of materials or spread diseases, and sometimes favourably, as when they ferment sugar to wine and beer, cause bread to rise, flavour cheeses, and produce valued products such as antibiotics and insulin.
The study of the biology of microorganisms requires the use of many different procedures as well as special equipment. At Laboratoires St. Elie, we are equipped to handle all manner of applied microbiology testing, which includes various types of microorganisms.
Hematology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases related to the blood. It involves treating diseases that affect the production of blood and its components, such as blood cells, hemoglobin, blood proteins, and the mechanism of coagulation.
The laboratory work that goes into the study of blood is frequently performed by a medical technologist. Hematologists also conduct studies in oncology—the medical treatment of cancer.
Physicians who work in hematology laboratories, and most commonly manage them, are pathologists specialized in the diagnosis of hematological diseases, referred to as hematopathologists. Hematology is a distinct subspecialty of internal medicine, separate from but overlapping with the subspecialty of medical oncology. At Laboratoires St. Elie, we are equipped to aid hematologists discover and treat various disorders, including:
Treating bleeding disorders such as hemophilia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura.
Treating hematological malignacies such as lymphoma and leukemia.
In the science of blood transfusion and the work of a blood bank.
Immunology is a branch of biomedical science that covers the study of all aspects of the immune system in all organisms. It deals with the physiological functioning of the immune system in states of both health and diseases.
Clinical immunology is the study of diseases caused by disorders of the immune system. It also involves diseases of other systems, where immune reactions play a part in the pathology and clinical features.
The diseases caused by disorders of the immune system fall into two broad categories, all of which Laboratoires St. Elie is certifiably accredited with diagnosing:
Immunodeficiency, in which parts of the immune system fail to provide an adequate response.
Autoimmunity, in which the immune system attacks its own host’s body.
Other immune system disorders include various hypersensitivities, such as in asthma and other allergies.
The most well-known disease that affects the immune system itself is AIDS.
Bacteriology is a specialized branch of microbiology dealing with the study of bacteria. The beginnings of bacteriology paralleled the development of the microscope and, over the years, researchers such as Louis Pasteur established the connections between bacteria and the processes of fermentation and disease.
Following this discovery, scientists now recognize the importance of bacteria in agriculture and the dairy industry. Bacteriological study subsequently developed a number of specializations, among which are:
Agricultural, or soil, bacteriology
Clinical diagnostic bacteriology
At Laboratoires St. Elie, we pride ourselves on maintaining a monthly training program that contributes to our staff’s medical knowledge, developing practical applications that affect lives, while providing superior training for the next generation of microbiologists.
The training we provide allows undergraduate and graduate students entering the workforce to begin careers that contribute to the world in many ways: in research, teaching, industry, entrepreneurship, scientific writing and editing, and government service. Such is our social commitment
Endocrinology is a branch of biology and medicine dealing with the endocrine system, its diseases, and its specific secretions known as hormones. The endocrine system consists of several glands, all in different parts of the body and their secreted hormones have many different functions and modes of action.
The overall goal of an Endocrinologist’s treatment is to restore the normal balance of hormones found in a patient’s body. In order to accurately treat a patient, Endocrinologists require the help of diagnostic centers, such as Laboratoires St. Elie, to run tests that identify the underlying imbalance. Some of the more common conditions treated by endocrinologists include: