Emergency laboratory and general analysis

In the routine and emergency laboratory, all laboratory orders are received by the IKC and prepared for further analysis. It analyzes approximately 150 laboratory parameters by itself, primarily using highly automated methods. This generates up to 10,000 laboratory results a day, 40% of which are reported within one hour after receipt of the emergency orders. These tests are performed around the clock, seven days a week.

Prompt laboratory diagnostics plays an essential role in the assessment of a patient’s medical status, in particular in emergency hospital admissions and critical illnesses. This is why the IKC provides diagnostic services for approximately 60 vital or urgent diagnostic parameters 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including biomarkers of the cardiovascular system, inflammation, renal function and neurological diseases as well as tests for drugs-of-abuse. Given its status as an interdisciplinary emergency laboratory, the Institute of Clinical Chemistry performs time-sensitive viral and auto-antibody tests (hepatitis, HIV, EBV, CMV, Rapid PCR tests for Influenza or SARS-COV2) outside normal working hours on behalf of the Department of Immunology and the Institute of Medical Virology. More than 90% of results on emergency analyses are forwarded to the attending physicians within less than one hour.


Information and registration

Universitätsspital Zürich
Institute of Clinical Chemistry
Dr. Lanja Saleh
Rämistrasse 100
8091 Zürich

Tel. +41 44 255 22 67

Mon – Fri, 8 am – 5 pm

Emergencies (24-hour assistance)+41 44 255 22 68

Responsible Department