Turning a Theoretical Corner

January 2021 - Vol. 10 No. 1 - Page #1

With the close of 2020, we have seen the end of a truly extraordinary calendar year, but as those in the health care industry have known for some time now, the ramifications of the coronavirus pandemic will continue to reverberate well into 2021, and likely beyond. However, there is much reason for optimism as we begin a new year with certain solutions in hand, and others on the horizon. Quickly maturing operations to handle the testing, treatment, and now prevention of coronavirus will continue to evolve as we seek a plateau and a balance in this virus and disease management. With a bright light at the end of the tunnel, many practitioners are able to breathe a little easier again.

That said, a laboratory colleague of yours recently reminded me of the term compassion fatigue; a concept that comprises emotional, physical, and spiritual distress in those who provide care for others. This is not a new idea, but it is particularly relevant in health care today. Jane Hermansen discusses the impact of the pandemic on laboratory personnel more in depth and also sheds light on opportunities for growth.

Many laboratory leaders and health care leaders in general eschew honorifics related to the collective response to this pandemic, but the fact remains that many of you have made great sacrifices to place us in a position of advantage, and at MLM, we will always support the mental and physical wellbeing of laboratory practitioners of all levels.

And yet, new and fascinating windows into care are opening as well. We will likewise continue to look into both novel and tried and true technologies and systems to tackle non-COVID-related issues in the lab. Whether that be looking at the future of liquid biopsy from the outside, taking hold of blood management operations or finally implementing a modern temperature monitoring system to safeguard valuable reagents, samples, and vaccines , MLM is here.

We remain optimistic for what the near future has to hold, but we also are aware of the challenges that face health care here and around the world. We wish you continued health and safety as we take another trip around the sun.

With best regards,

David McCormick
Managing Editor


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