Scientists were ecstatic. The test results were in. For the first time, the lab team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had direct evidence that a chemical compound, vitamin E acetate, was a likely culprit in the disease that has sickened nearly 2,300 people and killed 47.
During the next Ebola outbreak, this brand new vehicle might come to the rescue. It’s a lab on wheels that some scientists say could greatly improve the response to disease outbreaks and epidemics. It can be flown into trouble spots by plane and driven to even the most remote locations, and it has everything on board needed to rapidly diagnose patients or carry out research studies.
A Winnipeg man who is deaf and blind says the upcoming closure of nearly half of the city's diagnostic labs will make things harder for people with disabilities, but the private company that owns the labs says the changes will improve overall service.
Today’s clinical laboratory is evolving to keep pace with the changing reality of global healthcare. Laboratorians are seeing their roles shift from being technologists to first responders in the patient care pathway.
Lab technology is constantly in motion. Every industry is under pressure to continually audit their equipment and make decisions about when and how to install the latest solutions—from robotic packaging systems in the food and beverage industry to artificial intelligence-enabled analytical tools in pharmaceutical research labs.
Stewardship is defined as “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care.” In health care, laboratory administrators are frontline stewards, providing quality, appropriate laboratory services to guide patient care.
While a lab test might be ordered STAT to help save a life, a new study suggests that the STAT test order should rest in peace, and instead the time standard for most clinical lab tests, like the commonly requested complete blood count, or CBC, should be more efficient.
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