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  • Regional Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science, 5-7 December, Athens

    Nov 04, 2013
    • Community Experience
    From 5 – 7 December 2013, the Regional European Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science and the fourth Greek Medical Laboratory Technologists will take place in Athens, Greece. Entitled “Technical Advances and Current Practices”, the conference aims to progress collective efforts to improve biomedical laboratory science both in Greece and globally. Organized by the Greek Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists, the conference will take place in both Greek and English and expects to attract around 500 participants.
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  • Patient Safety: What Can We Do About It?

    Oct 29, 2013
    • Ensuring Patient Safety
    Patient safety is key, but sometimes with increased laboratory pressures it can have a tendency to slip down the priority list. It must also be remembered that patient safety is not the same as patient or clinician satisfaction, efficiency, or risk management.
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  • Cardiac Troponin

    Oct 21, 2013
    • Evidence of Clinical Value
    Every year in the UK, an estimated 144,000 people are admitted to hospital with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Diseases in the ACS spectrum can now be diagnosed and treated using Cardiac Troponin (cTnT). cTnT is a complex cardiac regulatory protein which controls calcium mediated interactions between actin and myosin and is currently regarded as the most sensitive and specific biochemical marker of myocardial infarction (MI) or damage.
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  • Laboratory Medicine Congress - Cape Town, South Africa

    Oct 14, 2013
    • Community Experience
    The Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists of South Africa organized the Laboratory Medicine Congress at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 28th – 31st July 2013. The congress was attended by 867 delegates from 28 countries.
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  • The Top 5 Things That Most Irritate Physicians About the Clinical Laboratory

    Oct 07, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    ‘What do you mean?’ I hear you ask… After taking a look at John Butterly and Richard Horowitzs’ comments on the topic, it was too interesting not to share… Take a look at the top 5 things that irritate physicians most about clinical laboratories and see what you think.
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  • The Role of Pathologists in the Clinical Laboratory

    Sep 30, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    • Henry Travers, MD
    Dr Henry Travers, Executive Board Member for the World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM), explores the challenging issue of the role of pathologists in the clinical laboratory.
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  • How Valuable is Laboratory Medicine? And How Can We Measure It?

    Sep 23, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    As laboratory professionals in this current climate of change we must prove we are worthy. Not only must we expand our repertoire and generate invaluable expertise, but we must educate the rest of the medical community on the contribution we can make to diagnostics, assisting with therapeutic decision making, and monitoring disease progression and therapeutic efficacy. Laboratory Medicine (LM) is vital to healthcare. But with the complexity of healthcare systems increasing, and the array of laboratory tests to choose from expanding, it is more important than ever before that clinical information and laboratory data is integrated, is of the highest quality possible, and most important of all, is accessible. But how do we do this…? Read more about Mauro Panteghini’s perspective in his paper ‘The Future of Laboratory Medicine: Understanding the New Pressures’.
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  • In/Appropriate Laboratory Test Utilization

    Sep 16, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    For years there has been a concern surrounding the overutilization and underutilization of laboratory tests ordered, collectively termed inappropriate utilization. This is one of the key factors in cost management and optimizing patient care. Although some strategies have been put in place to manage this difficulty they’re not always sustainable and can be highly resource intensive.
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  • Profit Center to Critical Cost Center

    Sep 09, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    As the American healthcare service transitions from a fee-for-service healthcare model to a value-based system, methods of calculating laboratories Return on Investment (ROI) are changing. Whilst internal laboratories provide clinical data pinpointing early, accurate diagnosis, deliver screening tests required for preventative care, and monitor disease progression and treatment efficacy, this all comes at a cost to the institution and the patient. However, can outsourcing this work truly save costs and improve patient care? Or can we find ways to do this within our internal laboratories? We take a closer look at Kim Futrell’s white paper, ‘The Value of the Laboratory in the New Healthcare Model.'
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  • No Practice Standards for Medical Training of Laboratory Medicine Directors

    Sep 03, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    There are no international standards regarding the medical training of those directing laboratory medicine (LM) laboratories. With a severe lack of congruence amongst laboratories across the globe as to the direction of LM, we must try to come to a conclusion regarding the necessity for physicians to be taking the reins in laboratories.
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