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June 2011 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

Free Virtual Conference for CE
June 29, 2011 8:39 AM by Lynn
We’re excited to offer several compelling sessions in our FREE virtual conference in October. All the details can be found under our “Virtual Events” section of . This full-day event can be tailored around your needs; opportunities Read More...
Is Mass Spectrometry Making Its Way to a Lab Near You?
June 24, 2011 12:10 PM by Jill Hoffman
Is it my imagination or is mass spectrometry the topic of more conversations related to the clinical lab? Our magazine and website has seen a growing number of references: In April, we ran an article called “ Mass Spectrometry and Clinical Lab Applications Read More...
Fourth-generation Combination Assays Accelerate HIV Diagnosis
June 21, 2011 3:01 PM by Jill Hoffman
Fourth-generation HIV antigen/antibody combination assays detect HIV p24 antigen and antibodies to HIV-1 group M and O, and HIV-2. Currently, Abbott’s ARCHITECT ® HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay is the only FDA-approved, fourth-generation test for use in diagnosis Read More...
Savings the Name of the Game
June 20, 2011 10:37 AM by Lynn Nace
By now I hope you’ve read our recent online articles, “ Enhance Revenue With Electronic Ordering ” and “ Blood Bank Instrumentation Purchases ” to get a feel for how efficiency and streamlining measures play off big for savings in the lab. We continue Read More...
Are You a Manager or a Leader?
June 17, 2011 3:02 PM by Jill Hoffman
In the web article " Your Leadership Style ," Scott Warner asks: “ Are you a manager or a leader? The terms are not interchangeable. Generally, a manager is thought of as a person who implements the ideas of a leader. Managers are concerned with the mundane Read More...
What Would You Do? The Employee Who Cried "Unfair!"
June 16, 2011 11:09 AM by Kelly Graham
We're working on compiling all of the wonderful responses we received for our recent survey on dealing with difficult employees. We're putting all of your advice, stories and tips into a special section--watch for it in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Read More...
The Value of Continuing Education
June 15, 2011 9:04 AM by Lynn
Although budgets remain tight, the need to enhance skills and business acumen is imperative. Of course attendance at the major laboratory conferences is a wonderful way to build skills, network with others who share similar challenges or can provide solutions, Read More...
Will Personalized Medicine Help Break Stereotypes?
June 9, 2011 2:28 PM by Kelly Graham
Personalized medicine is an ideal of care, and one that health professionals are embracing as research advances make it easier to define biomarkers, patient phenotypes, and individualized therapies. In the bigger picture of life, perhaps this whole notion Read More...
Does the Summer Impact Test Volume?
June 8, 2011 9:04 AM by Lynn
Summer is upon us, which means vacations to perhaps exotic (or not-so-exotic but still fun) places, trips to water parks with the kids, picnicking outdoors, camping and other recreational activities. From the lab perspective, do you experience a change Read More...
ASCP Offers New International Cytotechnology Certification
June 7, 2011 8:16 AM by Jill Hoffman
National Cytotechnology Day was held May 13 to honor cytotechnologists on the birthday of Dr. George N. Papanicolaou, who developed the Pap test. This year marked another milestone in promoting lifesaving methods for the prevention and detection of cervical Read More...
New MRSA Strain a Reminder of HAI Significance
June 6, 2011 8:56 AM by Kelly Graham
Did you see last week's alert from the American Society for Microbiology about the new strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) found in patients in Irish hospitals? The research, to be published in the journal Antimicrobial Agents Read More...
Employees Stay at Jobs for Work Environment, Recognition
June 3, 2011 7:31 AM by Jill Hoffman
A new Online Extra includes the cover story “The Art of Retaining Talent” by Matthew T. Patton, editor of ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals in which Patton discusses a recent online ADVANCE survey asking medical laboratory employees about retention Read More...
Recognizing Innovation
June 1, 2011 9:16 AM by Lynn
One strong characteristic of a leader is someone who takes a challenging situation and turns it into a positive-or at least a valuable lesson for others. Therefore, many hospital and laboratory leaders view today's unsettled environment as an opportunity Read More...


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