ASCLS Today is the membership newsletter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

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Heather Herrington

Self-Care is Patient Care

Volume 36 Number 6 | December 2022 Heather Herrington, DVM, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Ascending Professionals Forum Chair Let’s get this out of the way right from the very start—I’m a hypocrite. When I came up with the idea for this article, there was no doubt in my mind it was a subject that needed to be…

Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of Theranos

Remember Theranos?

Volume 36 Number 6 | December 2022 Miles Tompkins, MLT(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Board of Directors With the challenges that shortages bring to an already exhausted laboratory workforce, it can become easily justifiable for some facilities to grab anyone off the street who can hold a pipette to sit at a bench and put them to work.…

Diane Davis

The Importance of Accurate Laboratory Reference Intervals for Transgender Patients

Volume 36 Number 6 | December 2022 Diane Davis, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMSCCMSLSCM, ASCLS-Maryland Board Member and ASCLS Region II Treasurer Accurate reference intervals for transgender patients significantly influence patient safety and are also an ethical obligation of medical laboratory professionals. First, a short vocabulary lesson from GLAAD to ensure that the following information is clear. Transgender…

Carlo Ledesma

Gender-Inclusive Transfusion Medicine: A Patient Safety Initiative

Volume 36 Number 6 | December 2022 Carlo Ledesma, MS, MLS(ASCP)CMSHCMDLMCMQLSCM, MT(AMT), ASCLS Diversity Advocacy Council Councilor-at-Large In emergency medical situations involving an exsanguinating patient and the ABO type is unavailable, uncrossmatched group O RBCs is the axiom of clinical management until the appropriate ABO/Rh type and pre-transfusion testing is completed. The current guidelines in…

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The Laboratory’s Role in Ethical Artificial Intelligence

Volume 36 Number 6 | December 2022 Melody Boudreaux Nelson, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM Artificially intelligent clinical decision support systems (AI-CDSS) offer the clinical laboratory a unique avenue for interdisciplinary collaboration in value-based healthcare models. Laboratory data is largely independent values that can be organized and relational to a patient’s condition. This is commonly referred to as…

Saint Louis University and Quest Diagnostics partnership

Next Generation MLS Education

Volume 36 Number 6 | December 2022 Saint Louis University, Quest Diagnostics Team up on Innovative Partnership to Address the Shortage of MLS Professionals Nationwide Amanda Reed, MAE, MLS(ASCP)CM Medical laboratory science, the heartbeat of America’s healthcare system, is in distress. The meteoric rise in services—medical laboratory scientists perform an astounding 14 billion diagnostic tests…