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Innovative Lab Technology

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH) has taken steps to help patients get more effective treatment and reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance by implementing a new technology which identifies the cause of bloodstream infections and allows clinicians to pinpoint the exact antibiotic that will best treat the infection in hours rather than days. 

With this new FDA approved technology, the same data can be generated in six hours in most cases. Most often this means that patients can receive narrower, targeted therapy, but may also catch cases of unexpected antibiotic resistance faster. Waiting less time for results means that patients are likely to return home sooner. 

Regina Antrim

For many illnesses every hour counts. This new technology offers us the ability to have results in as little as 5-8 hours, which means we can talk with physicians and nurses earlier about which antibiotic may be the most effective for the patient. The sooner the patient is on the right antibiotic, the shorter their illness will be, and the less time they'll have to spend here at the hospital.

Regina Antrim
Director, Laboratory Services

New Outpatient Testing Services

Lake Cumberland has also expanded its laboratory services by offering a convenient new location for patient bloodwork:  The Imaging Center in the MedPark office complex at 45 Tower Circle, Somerset, KY. Both the hospital and Imaging Center outpatient laboratories are staffed with licensed and certified phlebotomists. 

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