DIRECTOR: Anand Dighe, M.D., Ph.D.
UNIT DIRECTOR: James G. Flood, Ph.D.
UNIT DIRECTOR: Patrick Sluss, Ph.D.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR: Elizabeth Van Cott, M.D.
LOCATION: Gray 5
The Chemistry Laboratory is located on Gray 5 and operates 7 days/week,
24 hours/day. Also located within the Chemistry Laboratory on Gray
5 is the Chemistry Toxicology Service and the Chemistry STAT service.
The Chemistry Laboratory is responsible for handling requests for
any laboratory service that is not available through MGH clinical
laboratories. Questions regarding Chemistry Lab services and protocols
should be directed to the office of the Laboratory Director at x6-3635.
Test Availability: Please see listing of laboratory
Reporting of Results:
Outpatient hardcopy reports are distributed each morning. Results
of Chemistry Laboratory tests are also available by telephoning
Critical values are called to the ordering location in accordance
with the MGH Critical Values policy.
Criteria for Refusal of Specimens
The Chemistry Laboratory reserves the right to refuse any specimen
which is not accompanied by a requisition bearing the patient’s
name, unit number and location. The laboratory will refuse to accept
specimens that have not been collected according to the protocols
outlined in this manual, or ones that have been damaged in transit
to the laboratory.
Chemistry Toxicology Service
The Chemistry Laboratory offers comprehensive serum and urine toxicology
services 24 hours a day (see “Toxicology Screen, Serum”
in the index of tests). Additional tests for the presence of abused
drugs in urine are also available (see “Drugs of Abuse, Urine”
in the index of tests). For information regarding the detection
or quantitation of drugs not specifically listed in the index, please
contact the Toxicology supervisor at x6-3636.