CDC Reports that Hospital Improvement Programs Cut ICU Infection Rate by 58%

Clinical pathology laboratory testing played a role in reducing rate of ICU infections Here’s a big win for improved patient outcomes, and clinical labs and pathologists played a significant role in this achievement. Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in ICUs decreased in number by a whopping 58% from 2001 to 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some healthcare experts attribute this significant reduction in ICU infections to greater...

Social Networking Can Help Clinical Labs Recruit More and Better Medical Technologists

Only two lab companies in the United States currently tap social networking to meet their med tech staffing needs Everyone in the clinical laboratory testing industry knows that there is an acute shortage of medical technologists (MTs) and clinical laboratory scientists (CLSs). But laboratory professionals may be astonished to learn that their MT recruiting programs consistently fail to hire adequate numbers of MTs and CLSs because they nearly always advertise and recruit in the wrong places!...

Immunoassay and Infectious Disease Analyzers Evaluated during Use by Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Industrial engineering firm issues “Consumer Report”-type assessment of mid-volume, automated IA and ID analyzer systems It’s not often that pathologists and clinical laboratory managers can access a Consumer Reports-type of comparison of laboratory analyzers as they prepare to purchase new diagnostic systems. In the case of mid-volume analyzers for immunoassy (IA) and infectious disease (ID) testing, such a report is now available—and it is immediately available on the Web. The report is...

Europe’s 10 Largest Acute Care Hospitals Have Sizeable Clinical Pathology Laboratories

With up to 3,500 beds, these are long-established and respected hospitals When Dark Daily recently published a list of the Top Ten Largest Health Care Systems  in the United States, not only was it a popular topic, but many readers asked us to present a similar list for European hospitals. Dark Daily is glad to oblige and presents below a list of the Top Ten Largest Hospitals in Europe, ranked on bed size. Probably the most interesting point about this list is that every hospital on this list...

New Healthcare Law Cuts Clinical Laboratory Test Fee Schedule by 1.75% Through 2015

But ACLA’s Alan Mertz says clinical pathology test volume may increase because of other elements of this comprehensive makeover of the nation’s health system Two provisions in the new healthcare legislation signed into law on March 23 by President Obama will have a direct effect on clinical laboratories, said Alan Mertz, President of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA). One provision is an across-the-board 1.75% cut to the clinical lab fee schedule in each of the next five...
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