The Laboratory Services Section implements comprehensive laboratory services to improve the public health and well-being of the citizens of Texas by providing:
- Analysis of human, animal, and environmental specimens and samples
- Response to biological and chemical threats
- Professional consultation
The Laboratory Services Section is comprised of three units:
- The Laboratory Operations Unit provides medical laboratory services for the state-mandated newborn screening program, Texas Health Steps Program, the Maternal and Child Health Program, Title V, and Childhood Lead Screening. The unit also provides comprehensive diagnostic testing of specimens for the presence of infectious disease organisms and water testing under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
- The Quality Control Unit ensures compliance with federal regulations concerning testing of specimens, including human, environmental and food, and provides support services to all areas of the laboratory to include checking in all specimens and reporting all test results.
- The Health Facilities Unit is comprised of two branches:
- Women’s Health Laboratory Branch provides testing support to the Texas Center for Infectious Disease and specialty testing in support of women’s health programs—primarily STD testing and pap smears.
- South Texas Laboratory Branch provides testing in support of the Rio Grande State Center / South Texas Health Care System and public health testing for the South Texas area and also serves as the LRN laboratory for South Texas.
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