Supply Chain Shortages Threaten Medical Imaging Testing While Clinical Laboratories Face Scarcity of Blood Collection Specimen Tubes

From infant formula to contrast dye for CT scans, ongoing healthcare product shortages highlight continuing US supply chain and manufacturing issues Medical laboratory directors and pathologists have firsthand knowledge of COVID-19 pandemic-driven supply chain issues, having faced backlogs for everything from pipettes and transport media to personal protective equipment (PPE). But the latest shortage impacting blood collection tubes is another example of why it is important to manufacture key...

NIH Funds Nine Anti-Microbial Resistance Diagnostic Projects to Deal with ‘Super Bugs’ and Give Clinical Laboratories New Diagnostic Tools to Improve Patient Care

Lab-on-a-chip technology could reduce the time needed to identify infection-causing bacteria and for physicians to prescribe correct antibiotics  Pathology groups and medical laboratories may see their role in the patient-care process grow if researchers succeed in developing culture-independent diagnostic tools that quickly identify bacterial infections as well as pinpoint the antibiotics needed to treat them. In the battle against antibiotic-resistant infections (AKA “super bugs”) the...

There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Lunch (TANSTAAFL): Quality Costs Money

Wall Street has yet to grasp this essential truth of laboratory medicine-lab test quality comes with its own price tag At this moment in time, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated’s  (NYSE:DGX) advertised value proposition to other labs—”industry-leading quality and technical proficiency”—has diminished credibility with pathologists and lab industry executives. They are questioning how the nation’s largest lab company could allow systemic errors that caused it to report...

Lab Workers Make “10 Germiest Jobs in America” List

Aptly nicknamed “Dr. Germ,” Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a microbiologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, has made headlines recently with his list of the “10 Germiest Jobs in America.” Not surprisingly, lab scientist ranks number five. What job does Dr. Germ consider the germiest? Number one on his list was teachers and day care workers. Twice in the past month, network news reporters have interviewed Gerba. In October, NBC News highlighted his list of the...
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