Roles of Department of Clinical Laboratory in infection control

Ken Inden, Masumitsu Hatta, Hiroyuki Kunishima, Keiji Kanemitsu, Mitsuo Kaku

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The Department of Clinical Laboratory plays an important role in the hospital and has much information about patients and pathogens. Laboratory data are essential to support clinical physicians who diagnose and treat patients. For nosocomial infections, laboratory-based surveillance is recognized as essential to confirm outbreaks. Therefore, the role of the Department of Clinical Laboratory is very important in infection control. In Tohoku University Hospital, we have an Infection Control Unit located in the Department of Clinical Laboratory. The core role of the Infection Control Unit is diagnosis, treatment and preventative healthcare associated with infections. The Infection Control Team (ICT) performs rounds in the hospital (The ICT members are ICN, ICD, a microbiological technologist and a dietician), consultations about clinical cases, infection control, and organize the regional infection control network, "Miyagi Infection Control Network". The ICT rounds are performed once a week in two wards, and two times a year for one ward. The consultations are an important role of the ICD, and concern clinical infection cases and infection control in our hospital and the other regional hospitals, and produce advice on appropriate clinical information. The regional network is important for the collection of information about the pathogens and the susceptibility of antimicrobial agents in the region. "Miyagi Infection Control Network" has held a forum 5 times a year from 1999, and 300-400 healthcare workers join the forum and discuss infection control.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-349
Number of pages5
JournalRinsho byori. The Japanese journal of clinical pathology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Apr

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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