In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb?

April 2022 - Vol.11 No. 4 - Page #1

This age-old proverb has taken on a bit of a different meaning in the last 2-plus years given the rippling ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Though traditionally this refers to the idea that winter weather, still going strong at the beginning of March, will dissipate and calm by the beginning of April, it has become more of a wish than a reality when applied to the pandemic. Indeed, fewer people are wearing masks in public and practicing social distancing than this time last year, but those in health care know we are not out of the woods just yet.

The winter season is dwindling as it always does, but this does not necessarily herald a downturn in cases of COVID, as it may have for, say, influenza in the past. The effects of the pandemic on laboratory practice have changed in recent months, and priorities have shifted. Now, perhaps more than ever, keeping your finger on the pulse of new breakthroughs is vitally important. Your subscription to MedicalLab Management will help you do just that.

Managing COVID testing and caseloads will most likely continue for some time, if not indefinitely, but laboratory managers must continue to juggle those tasks with myriad other challenges that pre-date the apex of COVID-19. Pressure to speed up TATs, provide more comprehensive results, and increase efficiencies in general are always at the top of the “to do” list for laboratory directors. With this in mind, we want to reiterate the numerous MLM resources available to medical laboratory practitioners, free of charge. Our expanding offerings of valuable and easy-to-digest articles, tips pieces, webinars, workflow charts, and more continue to benefit practicing laboratorians, from the bench to the director’s office.

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Furthermore, please consider working with our editors on an article detailing process improvement projects in your laboratories, as your success story could inspire and inform the projects of your colleagues. Visit medlabmag.com/publish-with-us for more information.

We have seen amazing work from your laboratory peers in the last 2 years and we know you will continue to be on the vanguard in improving the quality of health care for all. Working together to raise the quality of laboratory practice is the right approach.

With kind regards,

David McCormick

Managing Editor

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