Among other disciplines, the flow cytometry department at Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL) has been performing clinical immunophenotyping testing since 1999. Over the last two decades, this testing has focused largely on the enumeration of lymphocyte subset cells in order to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of immune diseases, namely AIDS.
A key manifestation of HIV infection progression... Read more
With the sound of a standing refrain, clinical laboratories continue to face pressure from reduced reimbursement and the persistent need to manage (ie, reduce) costs. Although many laboratory directors come from a technical background, effective laboratory management requires knowledge that extends beyond the technical aspects of running a laboratory and must include an understanding of nuanced... Read more
Acquisition and implementation of new chemistry analyzers and integrated chemistry automation remains aggressive, as this is a stalwart technology in the laboratory. The use of high-, medium-, and low-volume chemistry instruments in facilities of all sizes allows for an integrated setup utilizing devices from several vendors. As testing volumes have fluctuated substantially during the COVID-19 pandemic,... Read more
Even if many laboratorians eschewed a liberal arts education, most are familiar with the famous introduction to Charles Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness,… it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…”
The roller-coaster effect presented... Read more
We have all suffered through a steep learning curve about SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for causing the COVID-19 disease, in the past few months. Accordingly, there has been an unprecedented response from the medical and scientific communities consolidating their efforts to combat the spread and crippling effects of this disease. On January 10, 2020—a mere week after the SARS-CoV-2 virus... Read more
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