LIVING THE LAB LIFE
A BLOG FOR ASCLS REGION V
Today we kicked off the 2017 ASCLS Annual Meeting. It is 79 degrees and sunny here in San Diego, CA. The day started with an assortments of meeting, with everyone coming together at 10AM to give the membership an update of what has been going on at the national level over the last year.
For lunch, we broke up into our Region caucuses, led by Region V Director Pat Tille. Region V is very well-represented at the meeting this year, with attendees coming from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. We even had the added benefit of having incoming national president Deb Rodahl and current national secretary/treasurer Cindy Johnson in the caucus.
After lunch, I had the please of attending a couple of great breakout sessions. The first was given by Susan Johnson of the Blood Centers of Wisconsin in which she discussed the utility of using molecular techniques for genotyping in patients who type serologically as weak D. As someone who works in a blood bank that has started to utilize genotyping which some of our prenatal patients, it was great to get a full explanation of why this is now recommended. The second talk that I went to was given by Tara Henning, PhD with the CDC and ASCLS-MN's own Paula Vagnone, who is a supervisor at the Minnesota Department of Health. In their talk, they discussed the recently established Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (ARLN). The ARLN aims to provide additional infrastructure and support to clinical laboratories with the aim to help curb the spread of antibiotic resistance bugs. It was great to hear about such a comprehensive effort being made in the public health area to help laboratories and infection prevention teams address emerging resistant pathogens before they are able to spread throughout communities. Thank you to all who shared their expertise today.
The day wrapped up with a meet-and-great with the candidates for various national offices, further fundraising for SAY San Diego, and a silent auction for the New Professional New Member forum.
Now, off to happy hour!