Jan. 1, 2002
As the new year begins, were happy to introduce two features making their debut in this months issue. We hope youll find these additions both helpful and thought provoking.Youll find the first installment in our yearlong series, In the eyes of the experts: The medical laboratory industry 2007. Anne Pontius, president of Laboratory Compliance Consultants Inc., in Raleigh, NC, and longtime MLO editorial board member, will interview top executives in the clinical laboratory industry each month, getting their perspectives of the future of the industry. The series kicks off with Annes interview with Albert Ziegler, president of the Clinical Diagnostics Division of Beckman Coulter Inc. The interviewees will also participate in a panel discussion at CLMA in June, co-sponsored by MLO and
If you look a little farther, youll find our new Product Roundup section, which is being organized by our resident RN, Senior Editor Suzanne Noble. This months Roundup takes a look at skin puncture devices.Our feature articles are led by our CE story, Testing for genetic hypercoagulability defects, by Marisa Marques, M.D., Director of the University of Alabama Coagulation Service in Birmingham. In her highly referenced article, Dr. Marques discusses genetic defects that cause predisposition to venous
thromboembolism, the mechanisms of hypercoagulability, risk factor assessment, testing for hypercoagulability defects, and ways the lab can aid physicians in hypercoagulability testing. One of our peer reviewers said, Venous thrombosis, deficiencies of protein S, protein C,
antithrombin, and Factor V Leiden can be difficult to understand. The author wrote about these problems in a clear and concise manner.
Dan Haun and his colleagues Argie Leach, Rita
Vivero, and Angela Foley from the Department of Pathology at the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans are back this month with an interesting technique theyve devised for grading red blood cell morphology. Are they microcytes or
macrocytes? Can we do a better job? explains how this group developed and evaluated a custom
reticle, which they say has improved the grading accuracy of poor performers. One of our editorial board members called this an excellent example of benchtop technology.
Our third feature, Avoiding specimen transportation issues, is by Kathleen
Becan-McBride, Ed.D., professor in the medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. McBrides article addresses safety policies for specimen handling and transportation in off-site blood collections. A peer reviewer called this an important and timely issue, useful to workers in the field.
As always, we here at Medical Laboratory Observer are committed to providing you with the very best editorial content. We need your help to know if were on target. Id love to have your input. E-mail me
or give me a call at (941) 966-9521, ext. 123.
Thanks for reading
MLO. May God bless you and all who love you in the new year.
And as always, our hearts are joined with yours in prayer for our America.Celia Stevens
[email protected]
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