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DHEC Celebrates Lab Week

By Jamie Shuster


Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is celebrated the third week of April each year by laboratory professionals around the country.  The primary focus is to bring attention to and highlight the importance of the work being done by laboratorians daily.

This national celebration gives us the opportunity to highlight the successes of DHEC’s Bureau of Laboratories (BOL), which provides diagnostic and reference laboratory services to DHEC clinics, hospitals, universities, and private providers. The BOL consists of two diagnostic divisions: the Chemistry and Microbiology Divisions.

Some of the team’s many recent accomplishments include:

  • A new condition, Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), was added to the testing panel of Newborn Screening
  • Our Newborn Screening Laboratories operate six days a week, including Saturdays and holidays
  • Our laboratory is now certified and approved to test for Ebola, Malaria, and Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)

Each year, our lab team performs the following impressive number of tests and screenings, keeping South Carolinians healthy and safe:

  • 100,000 tests in support of maternal and child health programs
  • 150,000 tests for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • 5,000 tests for rabies
  • Testing for more than 90 percent of tuberculosis patients in South Carolina
  • Screenings to test all South Carolina newborns for metabolic disorders

The Bureau of Laboratories recently hosted a cookout and celebration and in honor of the team’s hard work and many accomplishments. Thank you to our entire BOL team for your continued commitment to helping keep South Carolinians healthy and safe.

Expanding Newborn Screening

By Jamie Shuster

(The following post was originally sent as an email to DHEC Public Health staff on 1/26/14.)

Newborn-Screening-Baby-FeetYou may have read in the news today that we’re expanding our newborn screening program (NBS) to help detect more life-threatening conditions faster.

Currently, our state laboratory screens for 28 metabolic conditions that are recommended by the March of Dimes and the American College of Medical Genetics, as well as 24 secondary metabolic conditions that can cause severe problems if not found very early in life.

Thursday, we announced that we’ll soon join just 19 other states in screening newborns for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare and potentially fatal disorder characterized by an inability to fight infections. Continue reading