I just got back from LabCon 2012! What a blast that was. Lots of stories and presentations from laboratory professionals across the country and many insights. Not just bench technologists of course; many pathologists, lab managers, internationally trained technologists, quality specialists, lab vendors, lab assistants, you name it! If you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommend it. I got to play with some incredible new technology that toes the line of frighteningly high tech (I’m looking at you, Beckman-Coulter). They also feed you (a lot; at one point there was an ice cream float bar!!), and as a former university student, how can I deny free food?
But as for the blog, for the next little bit, I am going to do a series on preanalytics (one from each discipline) and why they are so important in patient care. After all, you may be the best bench tech in the world, but if the specimen you got was no good, your results will be no good. And a very large majority of laboratory errors are the result of a preanalytic error, sadly.
So anyways, this is just a post saying that I am… Finally returning to tumblr (for real this time). Thank you, followers, for sticking around!