The Laboratory is integrated into the care dynamics of SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital as a central service and our specialist physicians are part of the teams that directly care for patients. The Laboratory has the capacity to run any type of test, although we are focused on the care of paediatric patients and pregnant women. Although our main mission is to perform tests, we also dedicate resources to two areas that we consider essential to improving clinical practice: research and teaching.
Adapting the procedures to paediatric patients
A fundamental part of our activity is the collection of blood samples, so we are especially sensitive to the particular needs of children and their families in relation to this process. We apply adapted procedures to make blood draws as non-traumatic as possible for them. Moreover, our tests are performed with as little sample as possible.
Use of different techniques for maximum operability
The Laboratory's Emergency Department implements a broad range of techniques that go beyond the strictly urgent ones, constituting a true real-time or rapid response laboratory that is fully equipped to resolve requests in a short time. Our aim is that the tests are not a limiting factor in the care process.
Specialisation of equipment and use of advanced technology
The Laboratory has the capacity to perform highly specialised tests in the various clinical areas: haematology, biochemistry, microbiology and genetics. The instruments' repertoire includes high and ultra-high-resolution chromatography equipment, flow cytometry, microscopes and imaging systems, high-capacity automated analysers and genetic analysis platforms, among others, that are adapted to the specific demand of a high-complexity hospital.
We are UNE-EN ISO 9001 certified since 2002, and this is periodically revalidated by AENOR. Since 2007, a wide range of special techniques have been accredited by standard UNE-EN ISO 15189, which acknowledges the quality and technical competence of the laboratory in their conduct and whose validity is renewed periodically by ENAC.
Participation in research and training projects
Laboratory professionals lead or participate in various research projects, within the framework of the Sant Joan de Déu Foundation programmes, with the aim of translating results to daily activities that improve clinical practice. Moreover, the training of residents, undergraduate students and students in training cycles is a commitment to the profession and an activity that requires being up to date with any technical and clinical advances.