About Patty Birschbach

Patty Birschbach, M.S, MLT (ASCP), has been part of Consultants Laboratory for over 25 years. She has experience many areas including early career experience as a Phlebotomist and Medical Laboratory Technician. Her current leadership responsibilities include Marketing, Safety, and Clinical Students. Consultants Laboratory provides laboratory services for all Agnesian HealthCare locations. As a regional reference laboratory, we also provide services to long term care facilities, physician offices, businesses and government agencies in the counties of Fond du Lac, Dodge, Winnebago, Calumet, Outagamie, and Green Lake.
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What do I need to know about my measles laboratory test?

Measles has been in the news recently, and your provider or employer may order a laboratory test to check your immunity to the virus. How does this lab test indicate whether you are protected or not? First, it helps to understand the IgM and IgG antibodies, which are produced by the body in response to [...]

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Influenza: To Test or Not to Test

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza is a contagious respiratory illness with symptoms including: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches, fatigue, and possibly vomiting and diarrhea. Coming down with this illness means a call or trip to a healthcare provider is sometimes necessary. Your provider will [...]

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Tell me about genetic testing

New technology in laboratory medicine has been emerging at a rapid rate in recent years.  Medical journals are publicizing new information so fast it can be difficult to keep up with all the advancements.  Genetic testing analyzes human DNA, RNA, chromosomes, protein or certain metabolites.  It can determine changes that may cause illness or disease, [...]

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Home Safety: Dehumidifier Recall

Many news outlets have covered a recall notice for dehumidifier units.  The recalled units can “overheat, smoke and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.”  If you haven’t yet checked on your home or business unit, please do so.  If you are like me, you probably either had a unit on the list, [...]

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Pregnancy and Gestational Diabetes Testing

It is estimated that gestational diabetes can affect up to 18 percent of women with no known history of diabetes. Most cases will develop in the latter part of the pregnancy so physicians may recommend testing during 24 and 28 weeks; however, in higher risk cases this could be done sooner. The glucose tolerance test [...]

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What is a reference range?

You went to the doctor or had a laboratory screening or diagnostic test performed and the results are in.  For some tests, the result is easy and straightforward to read – positive or negative. However, many tests require some interpretation when results are above or below the reference range. A reference range, in many cases, [...]

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What does a laboratory professional do?

Written by: Patty Birschbach, MS, MLTI (ASCP)  with Consultants Laboratory April 20-26, 2014 is recognized as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.  Consultants Laboratory, a member of Agnesian HealthCare, recognizes our associates that each day, 24 hours a day, bring their passion of laboratory medicine to our physicians, providers, patients, residents, and communities. The laboratory is [...]

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