CLINICAL PATHOLOGY DEPARTMENT HEAD Professor Marc Vasse
What is clinical pathology?
General clinical pathology is a medical specialisation which performs tests on body fluids and then medically interprets the results. The aim is to both identify the physical-pathological origin of conditions and to monitor the effectiveness of the treatments in use.
What pathologies does the department cover?
The Hôpital Foch clinical pathology department performs analyses in most biological domains (biochemistry, haematology, microbiology).
The clinical biology laboratory is committed to a COFRAC approved quality control management approach in keeping with the NF EN ISO 15189 (N°8-4174, Medical Analyses) standard, this certification was awarded in July 2014. The full scope of this certification can be consulted on the COFRAC web-site: www.cofrac.fr.
The Clinical Pathology Department (or in French: the SBC - Service de Biologie Clinique) has a three level structure:
A GENERAL TECHNICAL PLATFORM, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, able to respond to urgent analysis requirements (blood sugar levels, liver and kidney health reports, infection and anaemia diagnoses, coagulation anomalies, blood-group identification, etc.).
A SPECIALISED ANALYSIS SECTION, (white blood cell and haemoglobin counts, viral and bacterial disease diagnostics, medication dosage, genetic research, etc.).
A MICROBIOLOGY SECTION, (cytology urine test, blood culture, tuberculosis diagnosis, Hepatitis C and AIDS viral load tests, etc.).
The section works in close collaboration with an infectious diseases specialist within the department, who advises on antibiotic treatments for hospital patients.
The department also receives deliveries of blood products (red blood cell concentrates, platelets, plasma) and distributes them to the whole of the hospital.
Does the clinical pathology department carry out medical research?
Yes, of course! Bio-clinical and fundamental research is completed within the framework of the INSERM UMR-1176 (Haemostasis, Inflammation, Thrombosis) Team, specifically involving Z protein. This research is directly related to diseases involving blood coagulation and blood-clot formation (thrombosis)
Additionally, special dosages are prepared for the various clinical research programs of the Hospital's care units, notably the Hospital Clinical Research Projects (PHRC - Projets Hospitaliers de Recherches Cliniques). There are two technicians attributed to carrying out these research protocols.
Does the department have an educational activity?
Yes! The department head is a University Professor, and the department is authorised to teach Biology, Haematology and General Biology interns. Additionally, the department also receives Pharmaceutics externships, BTS students as well as students from a number of medical schools and universities.
Why does the clinical pathology department have a Operational Hygiene Team (EOH - équipe opérationnelle d’hygiène)?
The EOH is a unit within the Clinical Pathology Department. It includes a number of experts in clinical and environmental microbiology, professional hygiene practise and epidemiology. It also works with medical correspondents and nursing staff from each department.
Its role is to implement all necessary nosocomial infection prevention activity: water, air and surface quality monitoring; implementation of good hygiene practise guidelines; epidemiology monitoring.
The hygiene laboratory has COFRAC certification (NF EN ISO/CEI 17025 standard) for the identification of legionella in water distribution networks since 2012.
The clinical pathology department is located in the blue sector.
The laboratory is open 24 hours every day.
A sample collection room is open for external patients to fulfil biological test prescriptions, this includes all of the standard tests as well as a number of specialised, notably Haemostasis, tests.