Butler Receives Medical Equipment from Affiliated Medical Services Laboratory

Published May 15, 2015 at 02:49 pm BioTech Equipment

Affiliated Medical Services (AMS) Laboratory has donated more than $1,100 in used clinical laboratory equipment to Butler Community College.

Butler’s biotechnology program is very grateful,” said Dr. Alan Brown, professor of biology. “If purchased new, the equipment would have been considerably more expensive.” 

The medical equipment will be housed in the college’s biotechnology lab for use in various classes. The equipment includes: 
two urine analysis machines that measure specific gravity, pH, leukocytes, nitrite, protein, glucose, ketones, urobilinogen, bilirubin and blood in urine.
two Accu-Chek machines that measure blood glucose levels.
a HemoCue Glucose 201 system that measures blood glucose levels.
a HemoCue Hb 201 system that measures blood hemoglobin levels.

“These will enhance our biotechnology training program, and could even see a potential application in the nursing program,” Dr. Brown said. “It could be quite a lot of fun for students to run analysis on their own samples.”

AMS Laboratory in Wichita serves the state of Kansas, operating as an independent medical reference laboratory as part of the Via Christi Health System. AMS employee Bill Combs serves on the advisory board for Butler’s biotechnology program. As AMS consolidates labs, Combs suggested Butler students could benefit from surplus equipment. Dr. Brown worked with AMS employee Julie Simon for the donation.

Butler offers a biotechnology certificate in conjunction with Manhattan Area Technical College (MATC). The program trains students to function effectively in a broad range of lab environments. Students then have the potential to earn an associates degree from MATC and a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology management from Kansas State University. For more information about Butler’s biotechnology training program, contact Dr. Alan Brown at 316-218-6279 or arbrown@butlercc.edu.
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