• Med Lab Professionals and Research in Health Care
    April 28, 2016

    Our week series on Medical Laboratory professionals has focused on the role they play in clinical care. But MLTs often work alongside physicians and scientists on research that leads to advancements in health care and better health outcomes for patients in the future. For example, 100 years ago, a diabetes diagnosis was a sentence of impending death. But the discovery of insulin in the early twentieth century changed that prognosis and millions of lives are saved each year. This historic breakthrough required the effects of insulin to be carefully studied on patients; in fact, it took several decades for the insulin we know today to be created. MORE >

  • Lab Contribution During Outbreaks and Increased Incidences of Serious Illnesses
    April 27, 2016

    This winter our province has been hit with increased incidences of serious cases of influenza. This has meant more hospitalizations, more admittances to Intensive Care and increased treatments and monitoring. This has had significant impact on many areas of the hospital, including the laboratory. Whether it is an outbreak of a common virus or a more threatening pathogen, Medical Laboratory professionals are at the centre of it all, diagnosing viruses from domestic influenza to more serious strains like H1N1. MORE >

  • From Conception to Death: Med Lab Professionals Part of Your Life
    April 26, 2016

    team_microscopeMedical Laboratory professionals play an integral role in patients’ health over their entire lifespan from conception to death. From hCG testing to confirm pregnancy, and sometimes complex genetic, immunologic or hematologic testing in utero, to the first blood screens as a newborn, through regular testing as a healthy adult and especially through health scares of every kind, to the final autopsy examination, Medical Laboratory professionals are providing the important diagnostic answers that physicians need to monitor, treat and diagnose. In fact, roughly three quarters of treatment decisions are based on the results of laboratory testing. MORE >