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Capnocytophaga canimorsus Gram Stain

Capnocytophaga Canimorsus Case Study Review

Volume 35 Number 3 | June 2021 Kora Freeman and Izabel Hanson Introduction Capnocytophaga canimorsus is a bacterial human pathogen with serious clinical implications. C. canimorsus is known to infect hosts with underlying health conditions and is considered normal flora in felines and canines. The organism is a thin gram-negative rod which can appear small…

Sesame Street Gets It … So Should We

Volume 35 Number 3 | June 2021 Jean Bauer, MLS (ASCP)CM, ASCLS Region V Director In the wake of multiple horrors—the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, the shootings in Atlanta, and the others that we have experienced—we as a country, and our ASCLS organization, have once again been reminded of the inequities that exist…

Rose Hanna

Improving Patient Safety in Evaluation of Kidney Function

Volume 35 Number 3 | June 2021 Patient Safety Corner Rose Hanna, DCLS, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Patient Safety Committee Kidney function is best determined by the glomerular filtration rate (GFR); however, it is challenging to measure directly and is not practical for routine physician office visits. Consequently, equations such as Cockcroft-Gault, Modification of Diet in…

Kim Von Ahsen

Meet the Candidates 2021

Volume 35 Number 3 | June 2021 The ASCLS Nominations Committee is pleased to present the following candidates for office in the 2021-22 Society year. Candidates selected by the House of Delegates will take office during the 2021 ASCLS, AGT & SAFMLS Joint Annual Meeting. Delegates will elect one president-elect; one director each for Regions…

Maddie Josephs

Visibility of Our Profession

Volume 35 Number 2 | April 2021 Maddie Josephs, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS President In June of 2019, which seems like a lifetime ago, I delivered my president-elect candidate presentation to ASCLS Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) attendees. I discussed the visibility of our profession, and what I outlined was certainly no surprise to anyone present. We…

From the Sidelines to the Frontlines

MLS Students Fill in the Staffing Gaps for COVID-19 Testing Program Volume 35 Number 2 | April 2021 Jessica Bankey, MPH, MLS(ASCP)CM “An AMAZING opportunity!!!” That was initially how I proposed the idea to the MLS senior class. What started as a simple request through email, a COVID-19 testing program began to take shape on…

Beth Warning with two high school students

Be the Spark—Ignite the Flame

Volume 35 Number 2 | April 2021 Beth Warning, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, AHI(AMT), ASCLS Region IV Director While we hear about mentoring young professionals within ASCLS, have you considered mentoring even younger individuals who have an interest in a healthcare profession or laboratory career? Often, we find that our field is not one that jumps onto…

Kaylin Viccellio

A Vital Part of the Patient’s Healthcare Team

Volume 35 Number 2 | April 2021 Kaylin Viccellio, MLS(ASCP)CM This article first appeared as a post for the ASCLS Ascending Professionals Forum blog, The Labora-Story. As medical laboratory professionals, most of us are usually confined within the four walls of our labs—no windows connecting us to the outside world, and no face-to-face contact with…

Social media on a smart phone

Rethinking Visibility:

Leveraging Social Media to Promote the Profession Volume 35 Number 2 | April 2021 Tera L. Webb, MLS(ASCP)CM, CPHQ, ASCLS Education Scientific Assembly Chair Take a moment to reflect on the medical laboratory profession in the media. When represented in media, the essence of our field does not always reflect reality. The medical laboratory profession…