Clinical Laboratory Technician Shares Personal Journey and Experience with Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic

It’s not only medical laboratory technicians, healthcare workers across the board continue to deal with extreme pressures that preceded the pandemic Burnout in healthcare is a constant problem, especially in overstressed clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. To raise awareness about the plight of medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) and other frontline workers in the healthcare industry, a former lab tech recounted her experience during the COVID-19 pandemic that led to burnout...

Breath Sample Is Used by Opteev Technologies’ Combined COVID/Influenza/RSV Screening Device with 95% Sensitivity and 90% Specificity

Clinical laboratories and point-of-care settings may have a new diagnostic test if this novel handheld device and related technology is validated by clinical trials Efforts to develop breath analyzers that accurately identify viral infections, such as SARS-CoV-2 and Influenza, have been ongoing for years. The latest example is ViraWarn from Opteev Technologies in Baltimore, Maryland, and its success could lead to more follow-up PCR tests performed at clinical laboratories. ViraWarn is a...

23andMe Genetic Testing Helps Reunite Texas Woman with Her Family after Being Abducted in 1971 as a Toddler

Clinical laboratory scientist who aided in the investigation compared DNA test results with publicly available genetic information In an interesting twist in the solving of crime, genetic test results—along with help from a clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) turned amateur genealogist—guided relatives of Melissa Highsmith to her whereabouts after she was allegedly kidnapped as a toddler over half a century ago. According to The Guardian, the CLS helped locate Melissa by “interpreting the key...

University of Utah Study Points to Genetic Link for High Risk of Stillbirth

Researchers at the university suggested their findings could lead to new genetic tests that could be offered by medical laboratories New research conducted at the University of Utah suggests that clinical laboratories may someday be able to deploy genetic tests to indicate whether a couple has a higher-than-average risk of stillbirth. This is yet another example of how researchers are cracking DNA’s code to understand how certain gene variants may affect the healthcare of offspring. The...

HHS Office of Inspector General Report Finds ‘Steep Decreases’ in Medicare Beneficiaries Receiving Clinical Laboratory Testing During COVID-19 Pandemic’s Early Months

OIG warns that without adequate clinical laboratory testing healthcare organizations could see more deaths and increased spending Clinical laboratory leaders and pathologists know that lab test volume decreased dramatically during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. That was primarily because community lockdowns stopped people from seeing their doctors for the standard range of chronic health conditions, many of which require clinical laboratory tests for diagnosis and chronic disease...

2023 Executive War College on Diagnostics, Clinical Laboratory, and Pathology Management Announced for April 25-26

New Orleans will once again host the 28th annual gathering for clinical laboratory, pathology, and in vitro diagnostics (IVD) leaders Clinical laboratory leaders keen on gaining a competitive edge amid a difficult business environment will want to attend the 28th Annual Executive War College on Diagnostics, Clinical Laboratory, and Pathology Management, which returns to New Orleans on April 25-26, 2023. The 2023 conference comes as clinical laboratories, diagnostics companies, and anatomic...
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