LIVING THE LAB LIFE
A BLOG FOR ASCLS REGION V
I kicked off my day three with a trip to the Clinical Lab Expo, a vendor fair unlike any other. This is a venture shared with AACC to bring together hundreds of vendors to bring us the latest in laboratory equipment and other products. If you have never seen the Clinical Lab Expo: it is sight to behold.
Check out the ASCLS Booth below:
After the Clinical Lab Expo and the lunch provided, it was back to business for a couple more talks. The first I attended was a discussion about laboratory burnout prevention through the utilization of 10- and 12-hour shift schedules instead of 8-hour. This is something I am very interested my workplace implementing, and it was very interested in hearing about other facilities and what kind of creative scheduling they use. The big takeway: it doesn't matter what the schedule looks like, unless you have sufficient staff, burnout will happen. My next stop was a talk on a couple topics in clinical chemistry. Next, an update on tumor markers and catecholamine testing from Dr. Mary Ann McLane and Dr. Maja Chloupkova, followed by some information on the cons of culture independent methods for GI testing, because you can never talk too much about poop. The main takeaway from that talk was that molecular is a strong tool for diagnosing GI infections, but it is not a perfect too, it is not the only tool, and other methods will still need to be employed for full diagnostic work-up of patients.
Now, off to dinner!