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

To submit an article for ASCLS Today, contact Editor Debra Rodahl.

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…

Fig. 1 T.U.B.E.S., ASCLS Today, Vol 36, No 6

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…

ASCLS Call for Nominations

Volume 36 Number 6 | December 2022 Looking for Future Leaders At the Joint Annual Meeting in June 2023, ASCLS delegates will choose from the candidates who have indicated a willingness to serve in the leadership positions for the coming year. This is one of the many benefits and responsibilities of belonging to a grassroots…

Kim Von Ahsen

Strategies of a Laboratory Advocate

Volume 36 Number 5 | October 2022 Kim Von Ahsen, MHA, MLS(ASCP)CM, SLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS President Do you remember the first time you fought for a cause, the first time you learned about advocacy? My mother sure does! She can tell you how she discovered that her 16-year-old daughter took permanent marker to all the tuna…

Claude Rector at the 2022 ASCLS, AGT & SAFMLS Joint Annual Meeting

One Question for ASCLS President-Elect Claude Rector

Volume 36 Number 5 | October 2022 Claude Rector, MA, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS President-Elect ASCLS has long been the preeminent medical laboratory professional organization, in large part due to the contributions of our talented members. However, ASCLS is in the midst of transformational changes to ensure our organization is relevant to our newer professionals. The concerning…

Cheyenne Reyes

ASCLS Envoys

Volume 36 Number 5 | October 2022 Cheyenne Reyes, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Ascending Professionals Forum Director There are a lot of differing opinions on contract employees, or travelers, in the field of laboratory science. No matter what your view may be on whether travelers serve a beneficial or harmful role in the profession, we cannot ignore…