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  • KOH Fungal Routine Examination

    penetrates beneath the surface of the skin and causes infection. In cutaneous candidiasis, the skin is infected with candida fungi. This type of infection is fairly common. It can involve almost any skin on the body, but most often it occurs in warm, moist, creased areas such as the armpits and groin. The fungus that most often causes cutaneous candidiasis is Candida albicans.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR Test

    The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19 is a molecular test that analyzes your upper respiratory specimen, looking for genetic material (ribonucleic acid or RNA) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists use the PCR technology to amplify small amounts of RNA from specimens into deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which is replicated until SARS-CoV-2 is detectable if present. The PCR test has been the gold standard test for diagnosing COVID-19 since authorized for use in February 2020. It’s accurate and reliable.

  • Semen Analysis

    Semen Analysis Semen analysis is a test of a man’s sperm and semen. Also known as a sperm count or male fertility test, its results show how many sperm are released, as well as how they're shaped and how well they move Semen is the thick fluid that comes from men’s penis when they ejaculate during sexual activity. It carries sperm out of a man’s body so it can fertilize an egg and create an embryo (the first stage of pregnancy). Why Have a Semen Analysis? If you and your partner are having trouble getting pregnant, one of the first tests your doctor will likely ask for is a semen analysis. While both men and women can have problems, issues with male fertility can play a part in as many as half of all infertility cases. And male infertility is often caused by low sperm production. Another reason you might need a semen analysis is to make sure a vasectomy (a procedure to prevent pregnancy) was successful. It’s usually done 8 to 16 weeks after the surgery to see if you’re still making any healthy sperm.

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  • HEART HEALTH: What blood tests identify conditions that affect heart function?

    Blood tests are a tool used by medical experts to evaluate your health. Blood tests can be used to monitor your condition and the effects of any medications you are taking if you already have a heart or circulation disease. Types of blood tests Blood tests used to assess heart conditions are: 1. Cardiac enzyme assessments (including troponin tests) These tests aid in the diagnosis or exclusion of a heart attack. A protein called troponin T is present in the heart muscle. The doctor can detect a heart attack and ascertain the likelihood of developing heart disease by measuring troponin T. Those who have no signs of heart disease are at an increased risk of developing CVD if their troponin T levels are higher. 2. Complete blood count (CBC) or full blood count (FBC) This test reveals details on the various components of your blood, including your platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells. It can also identify anemia (low red blood cell counts). 3. Thyroid function tests (TFTs) Heart illness and unnatural heart rhythms are associated with thyroid disorders. TFTs can determine whether your thyroid gland, which creates the hormone thyroxine, is hyperactive or underactive. If the levels are abnormal, they may be connected to certain cardiac diseases and symptoms like palpitations or a fast or slow heartbeat. 4. Lipid profile The blood fats are measured by a cholesterol test, often known as a lipid panel or lipid profile. The measures can be used to calculate your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack. This test assesses your blood's healthy and bad fat composition as well as your cholesterol level. 5. Lipoprotein (a), or Lp(a) Lp(a) is low-density lipoprotein (LDL) attached to a protein called apo (a). High levels of Lp(a) increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots, fatty buildup in veins after coronary artery bypass surgery, and narrowing of coronary arteries after angioplasty. 6. Liver function tests The liver is a crucial organ with a variety of uses. This examination reveals the liver's overall health, which, if it isn't operating properly, could have a significant negative effect on the body as a whole. 7. Clotting screen These tests gauge the speed at which your blood clots. There are many tests used for screening for clotting example Prothrombin Time, and Fibrinogen which can be used to detect heart defects. For example, fibrinogen aids in blood clotting, but too much of it raises the risk of a heart attack. 8. BNP (B-type natriuretic peptides) tests These show the hormone level in your blood, which if it is elevated, may be an indication of heart failure. The heart and blood vessels produce a protein called brain natriuretic peptide, also known as B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP). BNP relaxes blood vessels, transfers sodium into the urine, and aids in fluid elimination. High amounts of BNP are released by the body into the bloodstream when the heart is injured in an effort to lessen the pressure on the organ. BNP is used extensively to try to ascertain whether shortness of breath is caused by heart failure. 9. Urea and Electrolytes test Blood contains a protein called urea. The results of an electrolytes test reveal the concentrations of sodium, potassium, and other vital substances like magnesium and calcium in your blood. These substances support the overall health of your heart and aid in the evaluation of renal function. Blood chemistry imbalances can be related to any medications you may be taking. 10. High-sensitivity C-reactive protein The body produces the protein C-reactive protein (CRP) in response to injury or illness, which results in swelling inside the body (inflammation). An important factor in the development of atherosclerosis is inflammation. Tests for high-sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP) can predict the risk of heart disease even before any symptoms appear. Heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disease are all linked to higher hs-CRP levels. Ask your doctor if you need to stop taking any prescription drugs, vitamins, or supplements prior to the blood test. A blood test's outcomes can occasionally be impacted by specific drugs. Be sure to consult your doctor before quitting any medicine.


    The organizing basis for drawing blood is known as the "order of draw." It is the order in which several blood tubes are filled during a blood collection technique, and it is intended to remove any chance of cross-contamination that can lead to inaccurate results. The accuracy of the test results may be impacted if the blood sample was contaminated with an anticoagulant or preservative from a prior tube. It is also possible to measure or analyze the blood's cells, molecules, proteins, and other components by drawing samples in a specific order. For multiple-tube collections, the draw is typically conducted in the following order: 1. Blood culture tubes The growth medium in blood culture bottles promotes the growth of microorganisms while the anticoagulant in the bottles keeps the blood from clotting. The most widely used anticoagulant, sodium polyanethol sulfonate (SPS), does not hinder the growth of the majority of organisms. 2. Coagulation tubes (such as blue-topped Sodium Citrate) Coagulation tubes (blue top) are filled with a sodium citrate solution that chelates calcium to act as an anticoagulant. Blood clotting requires calcium. Calcium is added to coagulation tests in the lab in order to promote clot formation. Citrate has a low saturation level and can have its effects reversed by the calcium levels in the clotting reagent, making it an effective anticoagulant for clotting studies. 3. Serum tubes (including those with clot activators and gels) Clinical chemistry, immunology, protein electrophoresis, serology, microbiology, and toxicology do use serum clot activator tubes. A clot activator, which triggers the coagulation process, is particularly coated on the inner wall of the Serum Clot Activator tube. 4. Heparin tubes (green-topped tubes) Plasma can be produced using lithium or sodium heparin tubes for biochemical testing. There is also a gel separator option for the heparin tubes. Clinical chemistry and trace mineral testing are included in the range of applications that heparin tubes can be used. 5. EDTA tubes (lavender-topped tubes) The commonest anticoagulant found in blood collection tubes is EDTA. Both a dry form and a solution are possible. Blood must be collected up to a certain spot on the tube due to the quantity and concentration of EDTA. Dilution of the sample may occur with parameter changes if insufficient blood is obtained. By attracting calcium ions and preventing the blood sample from clotting, EDTA functions as an anticoagulant. For the majority of hematology operations, including determining the complete blood count, making EDTA plasma, collecting whole blood, and obtaining bone marrow samples, EDTA is employed. It is essential to follow the proper order of draw to ensure accurate test findings and prevent sample contamination. To guarantee the integrity of the blood sample and the reliability of the test results, healthcare personnel should be instructed in the correct order of draw and should consistently adhere to it. According to international guidelines, blood should be drawn in the following order: blood culture bottle, non-additive tube, coagulation tube, clot activator, serum separator tube, sodium heparin, plasma separator tube, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), blood tube, and oxalate/fluoride. This is done to prevent cross-contamination between the various additives contained in blood collection tubes.

  • HIV testing: HIV and AIDS tests

    HIV testing: HIV and AIDS tests To determine whether you are HIV-negative or positive, an HIV test analyzes a sample of your blood, saliva, or urine. HIV diagnosis is most frequently made by blood tests. HIV testing are classified into three categories: antibody tests, antigen/antibody tests, and nucleic acid tests (NAT). Although HIV testing are generally reliable, follow-up tests allow the healthcare provider to validate the results. For early treatment and better patient outcomes, early testing is essential. 1st HIV testing Rapid tests: Rapid tests use blood from your finger or saliva. Antibody tests look for antibodies to HIV in a person’s blood or oral fluid. Antibodies to HIV are created in an attempt to fight the virus. If the initial HIV test is rapid or self-test and it is positive, the person should go to a health care provider to get follow-up testing. Antibody tests can take 23 to 90 days to detect HIV after exposure. Home tests being sold in pharmacies and Saliva test positive results should be confirmed with a blood test. HIV self-tests and rapid antibody tests, usually done with blood from a finger stick or with oral fluid provide results in 30 minutes or less. 2nd HIV Testing Antigen/antibody tests: As early as 18 to 45 days after infection, antigen/antibody tests that take blood from a vein can detect an HIV infection. These tests search for HIV antigens as well as antibodies. When exposed to viruses like HIV, a person's immune system produces antibodies. Foreign substances known as antigens trigger an individual's immune system. Before antibodies form in an HIV patient, an antigen called p24 is generated. The same blood sample used for the initial test can be used for follow-up testing if the initial lab test for HIV is positive. Depending on the method and equipment the laboratory uses, results can be ready in 2 to 3 hours. The first HIV test should be either an antigen/antibody test or an antibody test. 3rd HIV Testing Viral Load/HIV RNA test: The viral load/HIV RNA test determines the amount of HIV in your blood. In most cases, it's used to track the success of a medication or spot an early HIV infection. Nucleic acid tests (NAT) detect the presence of viruses in the blood. This test should be considered for those who have had a recent or suspected exposure to HIV and have tested negative with an antibody or antigen/antibody test. Typically, 10 to 33 days after exposure, a NAT can find HIV. With a NAT, it takes 2 to 7 days to get your test results. Despite the fact that the body can take up to a year to acquire antibodies to the virus, those who have been exposed to it should get tested right once. Depending on the initial period of exposure, more tests might be required. AIDS is brought on by the HIV virus (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). The most advanced and dangerous stage of an HIV infection is AIDS. HIV steadily weakens your immune system without therapy, which causes AIDS. With AIDS, your body has difficulty fighting infections caused by germs that normally do not cause problems in your body.

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  • Health Promotion and Connectivity|Tecohealth Solutions

    Home Lab Tests Search Results Laboratories Lab Supplies Contact Tecohealth Solutions Blog About Nairobi, Kenya Free sample collection at your home or office. Call or WhatsApp +254112915476 Patients Are you fed up with long lines, sluggish service, and long waits for laboratory tests? Don't hold your breath any longer. We will assist you in obtaining blood testing services from local medical labs or hospitals. On the platform, you may find a comprehensive list of local medical labs and hospitals, allowing you to do blood tests wherever you choose. You can make a reservation by calling +254112915476 or sending a WhatsApp message. Phlebotomists Access to convenient, quicker, and safer home and office sample collection services. It is very handy for you because a skilled phlebotomist will visit your house or place of business at the appointed time to collect the sample and bring it to the selected lab. Book Now Medical Labs If you run a medical lab, Tecohealth is the greatest approach to link and connect with your patients more quickly and easily. We provide your patients an online scheduling tool that connects to your lab. We offer a platform through our unique system that allows you to list and sell your services, promote your packages and profiles, and connect your clients to your lab more quickly and effectively. Nairobi Outpatient Gulf LTD Hospital, Located CBC Nairobi, KeMU HUb, Mezzanine Floor, Monrovia Str Book Now Tecohealth Solutions Your True Health Partner, We help you choose the lab provider Book Now Biotest Laboratory Laboratory Service Provider, Located at Upperhill, Nelson Awori Centr Book Now Mobile Phlebotomists Book Your Phlebotomist for Home/Office sample collection Book Now A to Z Laboratories Laboratory Service Provider, Located Westlands, Opposite Mp Shah Nbi Book Now SelfTest Kits A person can perform a rapid test at home. The OraQuick In-Home HIV te Book Now Biochemistry Tests These tests are used to diagnose diseases and monitor how well they are being managed. Diabetes, immunosuppression, thyroid disease, liver disease, kidney disease, dyslipidemia, and its complications, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease are a few of the prevalent ailments that rely on biochemical testing for diagnosis, management, and therapy. Microbiology Tests Tests for microbiology involve culturing, examining, and identifying microorganisms like bacteria, fungus, yeasts, etc. The primary use of microbiology tests is the routine management of infections, and a thorough understanding of an infectious microorganism found in a patient is useful in determining its source and mechanism of transmission. Hematology Tests Hematology examinations cover examinations of the blood, blood proteins, and organs that produce blood. Anaemia, inflammation, hemophilia, blood-clotting problems, leukemia, and the body's reaction to chemotherapy treatments are just a few of the blood illnesses that can be assessed by these tests. Serology Tests Serologic tests are blood tests that look for antibodies in your blood. The tests focus on proteins made by your immune system. Serologic testing can diagnose multiple illnesses, including brucellosis, amebiasis, measles, rubella, HIV, syphilis, and fungal infections. Molecular Tests Molecular tests amplify bits of viral RNA so that viral infection can be detected using a specialized test. Viruses and other pathogens may be detected in feces, urine, or blood. Molecular diagnostics are useful in a range of medical specialties, including infectious disease example COVID-19, oncology, human leucocyte antigen typing, coagulation, and pharmacogenomics. Packages and Profiles Getting regular health check-ups done can help you scree