DEPARTMENT

Biochemistry

"Frequently and periodically, we carry out technical quality controls to guarantee the good operation of the equipment and the highest precision in the results obtained from the samples".

DR. ÁLVARO GONZÁLEZ HERNÁNDEZ
DIRECTOR. BIOCHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT

The Clinical Biochemistry Service of the Clinica Universidad de Navarra is responsible for performing the biochemical analyses requested by the medical specialists of our center.

It also intervenes in analytical procedures for the development of its own research projects or in collaboration with other services and specialists.

Frequently and periodically, the Biochemistry Service carries out technical quality controls to guarantee the proper functioning of the equipment and the greatest precision in the results obtained from the samples.

To guarantee excellence in patient service, we offer the response with the results of the analyses in the shortest possible time, responding in only 46 minutes in some cases of general analysis.

This allows specialists to make a second consultation on the same day to inform patients, either definitively or provisionally, of the results of the biochemical tests performed. For this purpose, we carry out quality controls of information and response times according to the assistance.

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The Biochemistry Service test catalog is available on request

Organized in assistance areas

Our goal is to make a quick diagnosis in order to establish the most appropriate treatment as soon as possible

The general biochemistry is in charge of performing the most common determinations in blood as well as in urine.

These analyses are an essential element to guide the diagnosis and control of the evolution of numerous diseases. It includes the tests that are most frequently requested from the laboratory. They do not establish the diagnosis, but its high sensitivity in the detection of the disease indicates faithfully the severity of the damage and allows to quantify the evolution of the patient.

Response time for the result

The time from the arrival of the samples at the laboratory until the results are available to the requesting physician is

  • When requested urgently, 46 minutes.
  • When requested without urgency, 54 minutes for the inpatient and 81 minutes for the outpatient.

It includes the ion control tests that are part of the intravenous sera. They are necessary for the monitoring of the hydroelectrolytic balance, as well as for the diagnosis and control of the renal function.

Response time for the result

The time from the arrival of the samples at the laboratory until the results are available to the requesting physician is

  • When requested urgently, 47 minutes.
  • When requested without urgency, 50 minutes for the inpatient and 64 minutes for the outpatient.

Hormones
The Hormone Section brings together endocrinological and metabolic analyses, some of which are performed under controlled stimulation conditions, although most are analyzed under baseline conditions.

Urines
The Urine Section mainly performs the analysis of abnormal components and urine sediment. It is a highly sensitive and low specificity determination, which includes the analysis of the physical-chemical characteristics of the urine and the detection of some components that may be present in circumstances associated with disease.

The time from the arrival of the samples to the laboratory until the requesting physician has the results is

  • When requested urgently, 23 minutes.
  • When requested without urgency, 117 minutes in the inpatient and 70 minutes in the outpatient.

Proteins
The response time for protein test results is 277 minutes in the inpatient and 227 minutes in the outpatient setting.

The Markers Section uses immunoassay procedures to quantify molecules that allow the diagnosis and evolutionary follow-up of different diseases, mainly oncological.

The response time for the result of the marker analysis is

  • 229 minutes in the hospitalized patient.
  • 189 minutes in the outpatient.

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Facilities
Biochemistry Laboratory

The Biochemistry Laboratory has a catalog of 350 tests and performs an average of 600,000 analyses per year.

As an essential complement to their teaching and assistance dedication, the Laboratory professionals also focus their efforts on research projects.

For this purpose, the facilities have metabolomics, immunoassay, atomic absorption and liquid and gas chromatography units.

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