Microbiology & Parasitology
The human body hosts many microbes, bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. Under normal circumstances these unseen small organisms are beneficial to our health, but some are harmful and can cause infections. The microbiology department at SLS can detect infections for the doctors in the general practices and in the St. Maarten Medical Center. The tests allow the doctor to know:
- if an infection is indeed present
- what microorganism causes the infection
- what kind of treatment is the most effective
In order to do this, the microbiology uses
- culture techniques
- antigen and antibody detection
- PCR (polymerase chain reaction)
For the detection of infection, human samples like blood, urine, feces or swabs may be taken or requested from the patient. For common infections and tests, the microbiology department has all the tests readily available seven days a week. For rare and specialized tests, the microbiology department relies on expertise from one of our esteemed partners. Certain infections can be dangerous to the general public. The SLS microbiology department performs tests for a number of diseases when requested by the government.
The microbiology department adheres to International and Dutch national standards of ISO15189, and NVMM (Dutch Association of Medical Microbiology). The microbiology department is staffed by specialized microbiology laboratory technicians. The procedures are overseen by a clinical microbiologist M.D. with full BIG and RGS registration. All the tests in the microbiology department are subjected to international quality control programs from SKML, QCMD or UKNEQAS.