Expansion of trauma centre lab at Dubai's Rashid Hospital complete

Dubai Health Authority says renovated hospital area features an automated robotics system for faster service delivery

Rashid Hospital is among Dubai's top hospitals.
Dubai Health Authority
Rashid Hospital is among Dubai's top hospitals.

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has completed renovation and expansion works at Rashid Hospital’s trauma centre laboratory, pathology, and genetics departments, as well as introduced newer lab diagnostics tech — including a fully automated robotics system — for the provision of improved healthcare services in Dubai.

The trauma centre laboratory can now provide results within 30 minutes from the receipt of a sample to all patients of the emergency departments and inpatients of wards or intensive care units.

According to UAE state news agency, Wam, Dr Rania Medhat Seliem, consultant haematopathologist and head of Rashid Hospital's pathology laboratory, said the trauma lab features a phlebotomy area; an electronical monitored area to receive samples; an automated blood bank; and a fully functional general laboratory.

Seliem added: “The general clinical pathology laboratory houses the first fully automated robotic system in DHA hospitals.

"The installed modular pre-analytical module is connected to the latest comprehensive clinical chemistry analysers, which can process up to 120 racks per hour or 600 samples per hour.” 

The trauma centre laboratory also comprises a renovated and automated blood bank and transfusion services, which are expected to help the government healthcare provider meet increasing workloads with minimal staff; reduce delays in pre-analytical processing; and eliminate sources of error in allocating samples.

Rashid Hospital's laboratory blood bank is the sole provider of blood components for all cases of accidents and emergencies, issuing more than 11,500 units of different blood components each year.

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