Here’s what’s happening on the Lab Medicine website:
A podcast on decentralizing phlebotomy–is it ever a good idea
MERS information for laboratory professionals
If you didn’t make it to ASCP’s Annual Meeting this year in Chicago, here are just a few opportunities you missed:
-Over two hundred hours of continuing education
-An inspirational keynote address by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
-A chance to talk with exhibitors
-Networking with fellow laboratory professionals.
Perhaps the biggest benefit can’t be quantified or advertised. Attendance at the Annual Meeting brings with it a renewed sense of purpose. After chatting with fellow professionals, attending seminars, and learning new aspects of Laboratory Medicine, I remember why I entered this profession in the first place. When every day is filled with the uncertain realities of today’s healthcare, it’s easy to focus on the negatives. However, at the Annual Meeting, every seminar, analyzer demonstration, and luncheon is a reminder that the driving force of the profession is excellent patient care through the study and diagnosis of disease. It reaffirms the notion that each of us makes a positive difference in a patient’s life. That alone is worth the price of admission.
If you can’t make it to ASCP’s Annual Meeting this year, experience it vicariously through Lab Medicine. We’ll listen to the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton’s keynote speech, attend seminars, hang out at Science Connection Central—and report everything to you. Watch this space next week–September 18-21–to keep on top of what’s happening at the meeting in Chicago.
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome–MERS–is an outbreak we’re watching closely. Lab Medicine has an information page and a podcast that outline the details regarding the disease, specimen requirements, and specimen handling. MERS hasn’t been found in the Unites States yet, but it’s best to be prepared.
Anyone who has worked in a laboratory for any length of time knows that animosity can exist between health care providers and laboratory staff. Dennis Ernst, MT(ASCP), Executive Director of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, recently spoke with Lab Medicine about this “wall” and how laboratory professionals can break it.
Listen to the podcast here.