Roche Donates Biochemistry Machine

Lab technicians at Lao Friends Hospital for Children have upgraded the technology that helps our medical teams diagnose and treat sick and injured children — thanks to Roche, a multinational health-care company.


Roche Diagnostics donated a refurbished biochemistry machine, the Cobas Integra 400 Plus, to the hospital and installed it in the laboratory in February. LFHC lab techs have been trained and are already using it to conduct diagnostic tests.


Anousin Phonedala, laboratory manager, said that testing is now “better, quicker, more accurate and more reliable.” The hospital’s four Lao lab techs are now using the analyzer to run 10 to 20 tests a day. The refurbished analyzer replaces a biochemistry machine that the lab has been using.


The analyzer is often used to evaluate liver and kidney functions, as well as monitor electrolytes. Such tests were critical in the care provided to Van, a 5-year-old boy who was recently admitted after being hit by a car. The tests enabled staff to quickly determine that the boy’s liver and kidneys had been injured in the accident.


Newborn infants in the Neonatal Unit will greatly benefit from the testing that can be performed by the analyzer.


The Cobas Integra 400 plus is capable of running up to 400 test samples a day.


Many thanks to Roche for their very generous donation!