LIVING THE LAB LIFE
A BLOG FOR ASCLS REGION V
The second day of the Annual Meeting kicked off with a keynote address by Dr. Kathy Doig, Professor Emeritus of Michigan State University's Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics program and longtime ASCLS member. Kathy gave an inspired presentation on the value of involvement in a professional organization. If I was to sum up her presentation, I would give the following quote: In Giving Service to the Profession, You Will Gain in Ways You Cannot Predict.
The next session I attended was a talk on transfusion reactions given by the "the Blood Bank guy" himself: Dr. Joe Chaffin. I could give you a summary on everything Dr. Chaffin talked about, but why would I do that when he could do it himself? His podcasts are available online or you could visit his website at BBGuy.org
After lunch, I went to a talk on hemolysis given by Dennis Ernst, Director for the Center for Phlebotomy Education in Indiana and editor for Phlebotomy Today. Mr. Ernst presented all plan of action for implementing a hemolysis rate reduction plan within our workplaces. He gave us valuable insights into the cost of this issue and the potential benefits (financial and otherwise) to reducing the rate in our facilities. Next, Dr. William Korzun spoke on the use of Reference (Relative) Change Value (RCV) to be able to mathematically prove whether a change in an analyte's value over time is significant for each patient. The math is a bit complicated, but the value is definitely there. Dr. Kathy Doig reappeared in today's program to talk about whether or not leukemia has a familial inheritance pattern. The answer: kinda, sorta, depending on the type of leukemia, to be determined. The final talk I went on had a but of Hollywood appear (maybe that is required in California). Wayne Grody's "Genetics in Hollywood" discussed the use of medical/scientific experts in the writing process to create novel storylines that actual mirror the realities of medical genetics.
The day closed out with the President's Reception and Afterglow Dance Party with the whole ASCLS crew. Those of us in ASCLS-MN took the evening off to go see the Minnesota Twins take on the San Diego Padres.