This week, April 21- 27, 2019, is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. This week serves as an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy.
More than two dozen team members comprise Capital Medical Center’s Laboratory department. As a whole, the exceptional efforts and behind-the-scenes work of which team is ultimately responsible is essential to protecting community health.
“Our Lab Team is exceptional because they understand that we are here to help the patients through Lab Testing,” says Greg Allen, Capital Medical Center Laboratory Director. “Our focus in on the patient.”
Laboratory professionals protect the public’s health by continually improving quality and safety, informatics and data science, laboratory preparedness and workforce competencies.
Lab team members professionals safeguard patient and public health by reducing diagnostic errors and preparing for disease outbreaks and health threats.
Approximately 11 billion laboratory tests are conducted in hospital labs annually, and 70 percent of medical decisions depend on laboratory tests—emphasizing the importance of clinical laboratories in the healthcare industry.
“Our team also understands this statistic and realize we play an important role in patient care,” Allen says. “We only have one opportunity to get quality results back to the physicians, so we have to get it right every time.”
Safety, quality, and cost effectiveness in laboratory testing are imperative as our community relies extensively on laboratories for accurate and efficient diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week, or NMLW, under the auspices of the American Society for Medical Technology, now called the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).