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It's time of year again we celebrate and acknowledge Medical Laboratory professionals (technicians, scientists, specialists, pathologists and others).
The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) website has a very concise history of this celebration which, like the profession it highlights, has experienced many changes. It was ...
When I took High School physics, we were not allowed to use calculators. This was just as well, since they were bulky and expensive. The Texas Instruments SR-50 sold for $170 in 1974, which is over $860 today. Slide rules were cheap. Pen and paper was cheaper.
Point is it’s always tempting to use a computer. Write a program, spreadsheet function, ...
Critical access hospitals should be just that for communities. But USA Today reported last November in a story called “Rural hospitals in critical condition,” “Since the beginning of 2010,
43 rural hospitals — with a total of more than 1,500 beds — have closed, according to data from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.” Patients ...
recent College of American Pathologists (CAP) Q-Probe investigated the level of
physician satisfaction with what the laboratory has to offer. I always find
satisfaction surveys instructive and this one was no exception.
Q-Probe is certainly not the first of its kind or scope, but is the latest. The study’s ...
This is the time of
year when the major medical laboratory organizations hold their national meetings.
These gatherings are a great opportunity for laboratorians to get together with
their professional colleagues from around the country and also to listen to
major players in the profession and on the cutting edge of ...
Your laboratory is probably a mix of old and new technology. You may have refrigerators decades old, small centrifuges that were purchased used and still run strong, a coagulation analyzer at the end of its five year contract, and a chemistry analyzer you just installed a month ago. Ideally, each new piece of hardware represents a new service, ...
disease is one of the most significant chronic ailments affecting Americans. Renal
disease is often a sequela of one of several maladies that plague Americans:
diabetes, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, autoimmune disease, polycystic
kidney disease and others.
estimated 20 million Americans have chronic ...
I was speaking to a group of laboratorians
including a pathologist, and the conversation turned to laboratory inspections.
At first everyone was on the same page: inspections are a necessary evil in the
sense that it is important to have some neutral measure of quality, but the
inspections could be very stressful. ...
Working for a micromanager is demoralizing, and what’s even worse is when you can’t leave. Maybe you’re a new graduate and it’s your first job, you really like your coworkers, you
need the money because you have kids that just started college, or there just are no other jobs in the area. Feeling stuck can be a nightmare that never ends.
mantra of most laboratorians is, “We get no respect.” The wrenching truth about
that is that it is a self-fulfilling prophesy. We provide the majority of
empirical data used to make clinical decisions, we are among the most educated
of healthcare professionals. Yet the truth is we are under-recognized and often
underpaid, as ...