Generating awareness of the laboratory
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, an annual celebration held in April, is a great time to raise awareness of the impact the laboratory has on patients and providers in the community. Lab Week is also an opportunity to spotlight the hardworking staff and the value they bring to the communities they serve.
Laboratory data is an essential part of patient care and supports the provider in delivering the best care possible. Clinicians use laboratory data to make a new diagnosis, confirm the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of a specific drug, evaluate the remission status of a patient with cancer, or confirm that no further testing is required for a patient who has a chronic illness.
Community members are likely familiar with the phlebotomy procedure that happens within hospitals and physician clinics. But do they know what happens when the blood, urine, body fluid, or tissue is sent to the laboratory for testing?
Here are some ways you can celebrate Lab Week — April 23–29, 2023 — while raising awareness of how the community laboratory provides essential health care services.
These are just a few ways to generate awareness of the laboratory during Lab Week. Laboratory staff work very hard, often behind the scenes, and this annual celebration provides a chance to showcase what they do and gain recognition from peers, leaders, and patients. Thank you to our lab colleagues for making a difference in the lives of so many people.