Work at the Department

The Laboratory Diagnostics Unit performs clinical-biochemical laboratory diagnostics of outpatient and inpatient unit patients of the ICVD “Dedinje”. It determines parameters in the field of clinical biochemistry, immunochemistry and hematology. The range of laboratory analyses is in line with the nomenclature of tertiary level services. New analyses, which comply with requirements of clinical doctors and needs of patients, are continuously introduced. The goal of the laboratory unit is to obtain accurate, reliable and timely results, which help in determining the diagnosis, monitoring the effectiveness of therapy, the course and prognosis of patients’ diseases. Laboratory diagnostics is performed in accordance with the principles of good laboratory practice. The entire work process, from sampling to issuing laboratory results, is completely defined, standardized and controlled. The work is performed in accordance with stipulated professional procedures and instructions. The quality of laboratory work is continuously monitored. Internal quality control is performed on a daily basis in all phases of the laboratory work process, and for years we have been successfully participating in the international program of external quality control. The laboratory has high quality, modern equipment and professional, trained staff. The laboratory staff members have relevant licenses for work. They have continuous training and cooperate well with each other. Close cooperation and good communication have been established with the staff in different wards and they all work together as a team for the general benefit of patients.

List of procedures


  • Blood count with leukocytes differential count
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • Platelets in citrate
  • Manual determination of leukocytes differential count
  • Manual determination of reticulocytes

Serum/plasma is used to determine:

  • Electrolytes
    • Sodium
    • Potassium
    • Chloride
    • Bicarbonate
    • Calcium
    • Magnesium
    • Phosphorus
  • Enzymes
    • AST
    • ALT
    • LDH
    • α amilaza
    • γGT
    • Alkaline phosphatase
  • Metabolites
    • Glucose
    • Urea
    • Creatinine
    • Total bilirubin
    • Direct bilirubin
    • Total protein
    • Albumin
    • Acidum uricum
  • Cardiac Biomarkers
    • CK
    • CK-MB
    • hs Troponin I
    • BNP
  • Lipid status
    • Total cholesterol
    • HDL-cholesterol
    • LDL-cholesterol
    • Triglycerides
  • Iron metabolism
    • Iron
    • TIBC
    • UIBC
    • Ferritin
  • Hormones
    • TSH
    • fT4
    • Cortisol
  • Specific proteins
    • CRP
    • hs-CRP
    • Procalcitonin
  • Blood drug level
    • Vancomycin
    • Cyclosporine
  • Urine
    • Urine sediment
    • Physical and chemical examination
    • Urine biochemistry
  • Feces
    • Occult bleeding
  • Immunology
    • Immunoglogulins IgA, IgM, IgG
    • Complement C3
  • Rapid test to detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 IgM/IgG
    • SARS-CoV-2 antigen test
    • RT-PCR – Respiratory panel
    • Pneumonia panel

Instructions for patients

Laboratory of the Institute is open 24/7.

Patient admission

Blood sampling for laboratory analyses is performed every day, between 7 and 10 o’clock in the morning, before the patient undergoes diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. If necessary, sampling is performed throughout the day.
It is necessary to take instructions for laboratory analyses from the counter.
The patient with a referral letter should go to the laboratory section for blood sampling which is located on the ground floor of the Institute (outpatient unit 6).

General instructions for patient preparation for blood sampling

Blood sampling is performed after 12 hours of fasting.
Water can be taken as usual.
Cigarettes, caffeinated beverages (tea, coffee), juices, dietary supplements should not be taken in the morning before blood sampling.
Avoid alcohol consumption 24 hours before blood sampling.
It is necessary to avoid intense physical activity a few days before blood sampling.
For the analysis of certain biochemical parameters, blood is sampled at a precisely determined time and in accordance with the recommendation of a medical doctor Instructions for taking a single urine sample

Instructions for taking a single urine sample

A urine sample should be collected in a clean, disposable container with a lid.
The sample of choice is the middle stream of the first morning urine, after an overnight sleep, genital hygiene, before breakfast and other activities, whereby the recommended period of time from the last bladder emptying is 4 hours.
The analysis is not recommended in women immediately before, during and immediately after menstruation, or in women who have visible vaginal secretions.
The container must be closed while the sample is transported to the processing location. Urine examination should be performed within 2 hours after sampling (no later than 4 hours, if stored in a refrigerator).

Contact details

011 360 1674

Working hours

0-24 h