Hospital pathology laboratories are dangerous places to work due to the many hazardous chemicals employed during histology and molecular biology techniques, as well as equipment that contain sharp blades. Of the different kinds of laboratories located within a pathology setting, histology labs are where the most accidents—40 percent—occur.
In today’s modern research and development labs, eye hazards are always present and take many forms. And like our hearing, sight is gone forever if we lose it. Therefore, we should take extra precautions to make sure that never happens.
Large processes sometimes occur on a small scale. "Microfluidics is the world in which entire processes conducted in the laboratory are miniaturized into tiny containers," explains Prof. Doron Gerber.
While near 24/7 coronavirus coverage occupies much of the media, it is refreshing to report on important breakthroughs in clinical laboratory medicine and diagnostics that are unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic. It wasn’t long ago that the top stories in advanced medicine revolved around whole-genome sequencing, so it’s nice to return to the topic, if just for a little while.
Breanna Excell decided to go get a COVID-19 test last week, like hundreds of thousands of Albertans before her. A client at her work had developed symptoms consistent with the novel coronavirus.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to fight COVID-19, according to a press release on the FDA’s website.
Quinte Health Care laboratory staff are now performing coronavirus testing, cutting much of the wait for results and adding another layer of readiness for an expected second wave of infection.
Few people who have undergone nasopharyngeal swabs for coronavirus testing would describe it as a pleasant experience. The procedure involves sticking a long swab up the nose to collect a sample from the back of the nose and throat, which is then analyzed for SARS-CoV-2 RNA by the reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR).
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