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

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LOOKING BACK … MOVING FORWARD

Phyllis Ingham, EdD, MLS(ASCP)CM, AHI(AMT), ASCLS-Georgia President Photo credit: Paul Bulai, Unsplash Coping with life as an educator during a global pandemic has reminded me of an expression, “iron sharpens iron.” “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17). Reflecting on that expression, I envision two iron rods rubbing together. As friction…

THE POWER OF THE VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT

Suzy Jane Gabelmann Author Suzy Jane Gabelmann and her two children all attend separate virtual classes together in their kitchen. Most mornings, my kids and I sit tucked away at our kitchen table, in a makeshift classroom. Pictures of sight words and classroom art projects hang on the wall, among microbiology flow charts and post-it…

PANDEMIC CHALLENGES IN ALASKA

Constance Stager, MT(ASCP), ASCLS Region IX Director The reliance on air travel for healthcare professionals in Southeast Alaska has added barriers to the already complex situation dealing with COVID-19. Photo credit: Steve Halama, Unslpash We have all been impacted by this global pandemic, and Southeast Alaska is no exception. I am the director of laboratory…

ASCLS Mentorship Program

NEW AND IMPROVED ASCLS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

ASCLS is rolling out a new and improved Mentorship Program for the 2020-21 Society year. The program pairs up mentors and mentees for one year to create a supportive environment that fosters a feeling of belonging and value as a member of the ASCLS community. Participants will develop meaningful relationships with mentors to promote personal…

FROM ESTIMATES TO EASE

Ian Wallace, MLS(ASCP)CM Throughout our schooling, laboratory professionals are taught the importance of utilizing platelet and white blood cell (WBC) estimates to verify a potential analyzer error or an issue with the specimen tested. However, with how efficient analyzers have become, I have recognized that we repeatedly forget that estimates remain important—even if the analyzer…

QUALITY AIMS INTERSECT WITH THE PANDEMIC RESPONSE

Stacy E. Walz, PhD, MT(ASCP), ASCLS Patient Safety Committee Chair Way back in the late 1990s, patient safety and medical errors were highlighted in a groundbreaking report entitled, “To Err Is Human,” followed quickly by another report entitled, “Crossing the Quality Chasm,” suggesting six aims for high quality healthcare. Those six aims—safety, effectiveness, efficiency, patient-centeredness,…

2020 VIRTUAL NORTHWEST MEDICAL LABORATORY SYMPOSIUM

Maja Chloupkova, PhD, MLS(ASCP)CMSCCM, ASCLS-Oregon Brenda Kochis, MBA, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS-Washington Our journey of the 2020 Virtual Northwest Medical Laboratory Symposium (NWMLS) began early this year with the certainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team quickly recognized that we could not realistically plan on a four-day physical event in October. Initially, we were uncertain of what we…

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THE WINDS OF CHANGE—AND THE GRIT LEFT BEHIND

Beth Warning, MS, MLS(ASCP)CM, AHI, ASCLS Region IV Director Meighan Sharp, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS-Michigan Government Affairs Committee Co-chair Most often we hear about resistance to change, where people fear it, run from it, and drag their heels to avoid it. We fear the loss of control over what we know and are comfortable with. We fear…