Laboratory

Outpatient Services

Hospital Outpatient Laboratory – Sloan Building Collection Site
Open 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday
Phone: (361) 694-5424

Park on second floor of the Driscoll parking garage. Walk into Sloan building through doors and turn left down hall to the door labeled “Laboratory.”

  • Patients will be registered in the Outpatient Lab
  • Types of specimens collected:
    • Blood specimens
    • Throat swabs
    • Nasal collections
    • Ear swabs
    • Eye swabs (noninvasive and swab only)
    • Stool samples from diapers (we do not do rectal collections)
    • Urine collections
    • Sweat chloride collections (these are either scheduled in advance or available as a walk-in as staffing allows during dayshift only)

Inpatient Services

Anatomic Pathology
Phone: (361) 694-5427
Pathology and autopsy services are available.

Histology
Phone: (361) 694-5431
Services include frozen sections, routine and special stain Histology, Immunohisto-chemistry, in-house kidney biopsy work-ups, as well as non-gyn cytology.

Hematology
Phone: (361) 694-5438
Microscopic and automated blood testing performed on samples obtained by fingerstick, heelstick and venous collection.

Urinalysis
Phone: (361) 694-5408
State-of-the-art automated equipment provides a standardized method of quick and efficient testing on urine samples to include a chemical and microscopic analysis.

Chemistry
Phone: (361) 694-5435
The chemistry department is available for testing around the clock. It is capable of analyzing:

  • Routine chemistry (glucose, calcium, etc.)
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring (Valproic acid, Tacrolimus, etc.)
  • Cardiac testing (hsCRP, MB and Troponin)
  • Drug screens
  • Sweat chloride testing

Microbiology/Virology
Phone: (361) 694-5443
Services include bacterial and viral isolation and identification by traditional and molecular methods, Antimicrobial susceptibility testing, Parasitology and limited Mycology and Mycobacteriology

Immunology/Serology
Phone: (361) 694-5486
Services include serum allergy testing, antigen and antibody testing for immune status or disease presence and endocrinology testing.

Molecular Diagnostics
Phone: (361) 694-4543
Diagnostic services include identification of viral and bacterial diseases.

Clinical Flow Cytometry
Phone: (361) 694-4079 or (361) 694-5411
The Flow Cytometry Department provides a wide variety of testing that includes immunophenotyping of cells used for the diagnosis, monitoring and evaluation of pediatric of leukemias/lymphomas, immunodeficiency states, allergic diseases, transplantation immunosuppression status and DNA ploidy analysis. The samples include peripheral blood, bone marrow and solid tissues. All samples are processed within hours on the day of receipt and final data are reviewed and reported by pathologists with interpretive comments.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Extended hours are available for special requests with approval by the pathologist.

Molecular Pathology
Phone: (361) 694-4079 or (361) 694-5411
The Molecular Pathology Department performs a molecular cytogenetic technique of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis on interphase prepared cells. Currently, the laboratory offers two FISH based assays for constitutional abnormalities. One is for the 22q11.2 microdeletion-DiGeorge Syndrome Critical Region, Velocardiofacial Syndrome. The other is the Aneuploid detection of Chromosome 13, 18, 21, X and Y for common fetal trisomies and sex chromosome aneusomies. The test is offered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a turnaround time of 48 hours.

Stat Lab/Blood Bank
Phone: (361) 694-5430
The mission of Driscoll Transfusion Services is to ensure adequate and safe blood and blood components for our patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Phlebotomy
Phone: (361) 694-5405