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

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IMPLICATIONS OF DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER GENETIC TESTING

IMPROVING PATIENT AUTONOMY OR RISKING PATIENT SAFETY? Brandy D. Gunsolus, DCLS, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Patient Safety Committee Member In traditional healthcare, all patients visit their physicians, receive a laboratory order for tests, results are sent to their physicians, and the physician would then notify the patient of the results. Times have changed. Now patients can go…

2019 LEGISLATIVE SYMPOSIUM

Linda Goossen, PhD, MT(ASCP), ASCLS Government Affairs Committee Nearly 120 clinical laboratory professionals from 38 states met in Washington, D.C., March 18-19 for the 31st Annual Legislative Symposium. Sponsored by six professional organizations—the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ASCLS), the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the American…

RANDOLPH WORLD MINISTRIES, INC.: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Creating Stronger and Financially-Sustainable Clinics in Haiti Tim Randolph, PhD, MT(ASCP) Randolph World Ministries, Inc., is operated by Tim and Liz Randolph out of their home. They make two annual medical mission trips to Haiti with teams that have included laboratorians, physician assistants, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists, and health information managers. Randolph World Ministries, Inc.,…

MICROBIOLOGY CASE STUDY: NOCARDIAL BRAIN ABSCESS IN 70-YEAR-OLD PATIENT SECONDARY TO STEROID IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE THERAPY

Alison Rossdeutscher, MLS(ASCP)CM Case History A 70-year-old male was transported by EMSA to the hospital after falling in his home. The patient had an established diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids (CLIPPERS). This disease is an inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system and often presents as brainstem lesions.…

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COMMUNICATION ENHANCEMENTS

Roslyn McQueen, PhD, CCRC, ASCLS President ASCLS is a premier organization whose mere existence enhances the quality of laboratory medicine and the quality of healthcare. We are the “best and the brightest,” yet we still struggle with membership participation. We are not unique with this problem, as other scientific and professional organizations also cite lack…

MENTORING LEADERS FOR THE FUTURE

Jean Bauer, MLS(ASCP)CM, ASCLS Region V Director Fresh talent brings in fresh views. It invigorates an organization. And in our current healthcare environment, the importance of developing laboratory leaders is vital to ensure we have a voice at the table when decisions are made about our profession. The question is, how do we prepare new…