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Long-term Care

AIM Laboratories offers specialized laboratory solutions customized to the Long-Term Care facilities, including Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), Assisted Living Facilities (ALF), Independent Living Facilities (ILF), and Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC).  Our highly trained team has in-depth experience providing high-quality testing services required for LTC facilities and their residents.

Our services for Long-Term Care include:

  • On-Demand Service.  We service all of our facilities Monday thru Friday, with 24/7 stat service that delivers results within 4 hours. This includes nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • Scheduled On-site Testing. We provide scheduled days for fasting blood draws. These are done on days and times mutually agreed upon by each community and AIM Laboratories.
  • Breadth of Testing. We offer PCR testing for UTI, wound, and respiratory. These results will be given next day as opposed to two to three days. Also, a much more accurate result for antibiotic therapy. 
  • Online Access. Results will be provided online smartphone, tablet, or PC, in addition to standard faxing methods.
  • EMR Integration. We can also interface with EMR’s to drop results straight in resident’s charts.
  • Competitive Pricing. We provide very competitive fee schedules for Medicare part A that will meet or beat your current pricing.
  • Fast Turnaround Time. All critical information is called in within two hours of the test results. We will document who these results were given to ensure prompt action.
  • Easy Online Ordering. We provide an easy-to-use online ordering system that makes ordering your test just a click away.
  • Detailed Documentation. We provide comment results for anyone that is in the hospital, leave of absence, unable to obtain, or patient refusal. Each order is meticulously documented in the patient chart.
  • Unparalleled Support. We provide an experienced customer service representative from AIM Laboratories to attend monthly or quarterly QA meetings.

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      Culture vs PVR

      • Inaccurate
        • Misses up to 67% of all UTI-positive patients
        • Detects organisms in only 4% of all cases
        • Antibiotics may mask positive results
      • Inefficient
        • Average 3-5 days for results
      • Improved accuracy
        • 3x-5x greater sensitivity than conventional urine culture
        • Detects antibiotic resistance genes unaffected by concurrent antibiotic use
      • Rapid detection
        • Biochemical analysis within hours
        • Results within 12-24 hours of receiving patient sample
      • Identification of specific bacterial and fungal targets
        • Eliminating the need for time consuming follow up testing

      Michael Hateli

      Vice President of Business Development - Long-Term Care Operations

      Michael directs the testing services for AIM Labs’ long-term care and residential care facility clients. Michael brings more than a decade of customer service and management experience to AIM Labs and has extensive experience with diagnostic labs serving long term care and residential care facilities. Some of Michael’s responsibilities at AIM Labs includes: Directing the planning and operation of high-quality long-term care services across all customers and ensuring good occupational health and safety practices are observed through the Long-Term Care Department Michael’s primary objective is to deliver exceptional service and quality results to clients and their patients, while providing a supportive and inspiring workplace for the team. Michael was trained in medical laboratory technology at the US Army Advanced Individual Training Center in Fort Sam Houston, TX.  Michael understands the important role that quality, rapid and insightful diagnostic testing plays in long term care residents’ quality of life and positive health outcomes.

      Frequently Asked Questions
      What are the common symptoms of a UTI?

      UTIs can present with different symptoms for different people. Some of the more common symptoms that may indicate you may have a UTI include

      • A strong and frequent urge to urinate
      • A burning sensation when urinating
      • Strong smelling urine
      • Blood in the urine
      • Cloudy urine
      • Pain in the lower abdomen
      What is the common cause of a UTI?
        1. The most frequent cause of a UTI is the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli), which is typically found in the colon. However, sometimes other bacteria are responsible.
        2. UTIs can also be caused by an infection in the urethra. This can occur when GI bacteria spread from the anus to the urethra.
      What are risk factors for developing a UTI?
        1. Women are at higher risk for developing a UTI. Risk factors for women include:
          • Age: The risk of UTIs increase with age
          • Incomplete bladder emptying
          • Sexual activity
          • Certain forms of contraceptives such as diaphragms and spermicidal agents
          • Menopause: A decline in estrogen causes changes in the urinary tract
        2. Other risk factors not specific to women include:
          • Abnormalities in the urinary tract: Such as kidney stones or an enlarged prostate
          • Immunosuppression
          • Diabetes
          • Catheter use
          • Recent urinary surgery
      What is the most common treatment for a UTI?

      UTIs are mainly treated with antibiotics in addition to drinking plenty of liquids, especially water

      How can you prevent a UTI?
        1. Drink plenty of water and other liquids
          1. Cranberry juice and blueberry juices are believed to help prevent infection
        2. Intake of probiotics such as yogurt
        3. Regular emptying of the bladder, especially following intercourse
        4. Ensure proper personal hygiene