Iredell County Health Department Laboratory Passes Inspection at Mooresville Site | Local News

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The Iredell County Health Department provides low-cost, walk-in lab services to Iredell County residents (aged 18 or older). Certified team members play a crucial role in analyzing blood samples ordered by a doctor (some services are available without a doctor’s prescription). Walk-in lab services are available at the Statesville and Mooresville Health Department locations; however, making an appointment for these services allows us to assist you more effectively during your visit.

The staff also provides laboratory services for various internal programs such as WIC, child health, maternal health, sexually transmitted diseases, family planning and more. These services are essential to provide quality public health services.

On March 18, the agency passed without shortcomings a three-hour lab inspection at the health department’s Mooresville location. This CLIA audit takes place every two years, and many previous audits have not resulted in any findings of deficiencies. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the United States through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). The goal of the CLIA program is to ensure quality laboratory testing. For the two-year audited period, CLIA requires them to show:

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Proficiency (skills) testing of laboratory staff every year.

Accurate record keeping — including quality control records, maintenance records, equipment calibrations, temperature logs, instrument printouts, and manufacturer information.

Quality Assurance Policy, Records and Monitors.

All policies and procedures – where inspectors read the policies to ensure we are following them as written.

Personnel records, including job descriptions, training records showing annual skills assessments, including direct observations and proficiency testing, required continuing education, and credentials.

Electronic medical record validations – this ensures that records are maintained to regulatory standards and cannot be tampered with after results and that printed reports include all required information.

In total, CLIA covers approximately 260,000 laboratory entities. The goal is to continue to provide friendly and excellent laboratory services, through the Iredell County Health Department.

For questions about lab services, call the Iredell County Health Department at 704-878-5300 or visit https://www.co.iredell.nc.us/179/Lab-Services.

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