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D-H Honors Lab Teams During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

April 27, 2011
Lebanon, NH

Dartmouth-Hitchcock celebrates and recognizes its medical laboratory professionals during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, March 24-30. With the theme "Laboratory Professionals Get Results," Lab Week recognizes the proactive, collaborative role professional laboratory teams play to advance patient care as core members of the patient care team.

There are a wide variety of medical laboratory professionals who affect patient care on a daily basis. Many of them practice in medical laboratories in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, research facilities, blood banks, public health centers, the Armed Forces, veterinary offices, colleges, and many industries. They include pathologists, medical technologists, clinical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians, histotechnologists, histologic technicians, cytotechnologists, cytopathologists, phlebotomy technicians, clinical chemists, microbiologists, laboratory managers, and medical educators.

Using state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, laboratory professionals perform and supervise tests that not only search for potential health problems in the hope of identifying the disease early when it is most treatable, but also guide and assess the ongoing care of patients.

Today, more than 70 percent of all decisions about diagnosis, treatment, hospital admission and discharge, rely on work done in the medical laboratory. Laboratories also play a critical, frontline role in the detection of infectious agents and in the transfusion of life-saving blood products.

"I salute the outstanding laboratory teams across the nation working together to provide accurate results for patients," said Alan Schned, MD, FCAP, Interim Chair of Pathology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. "Our lab professionals are an integral part of the patient care team and directly contribute to preserving and enhancing the life of the patient."

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