National Cytotechnology Day celebrates the important work of Dr. George Papanicolaou and serves to promote the importance of the Pap test in women’s health and the contributions of cytotechnologists to the health care field. Congratulations to Manitoba’s skilled Cytotechnologists, whose expertise and analysis contribute to patient health in our province.
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 >
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 >
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