This is the statement of celebration for this year's National Medical Laboratory Week; April 22-28, 2018.
HAMILTON, ON, April 23, 2018 /CNW/ - An estimated 1.2 million lab tests are performed daily in Canada by medical laboratory professionals. The results of these tests are the basis for medical diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients; providing a complete health care picture to guide medical decisions. Without lab tests, and the professionals to conduct them, quality patient care is impossible.
Since 1985, The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) has sponsored this special week to highlight the vital role of medical laboratory professionals in Canada's health care system and shine a light on the dedicated women and men in this health care field.
"Lab professionals are critical to the whole health care picture, yet since their work is not visible to the public, mostly conducted behind the closed doors of the lab, there is not a great understanding for the role they play" says Lisette Vienneau, CSMLS President.
As part of the Lab Week campaign, lab professionals are encouraged to raise public awareness and provide education on their role and its impact on patient care. The CSMLS creates tools to help with these initiatives, including videos that take viewers behind the scenes of a lab. Each video gives an overview of a lab test and meets the people who work in that discipline.
"National Medical Laboratory Week is a highlight of the year for many lab professionals. With many labs experiencing staff shortages the added stress can really weigh on individuals, so a week like this can really boost morale," says CSMLS Chief Executive Officer, Christine Nielsen. "It's important to celebrate the hard work and recognize these health professionals' contributions to patient care."
Medical laboratory professionals will be holding events and setting up informative displays at local hospitals and private laboratories with posters, brochures and educational presentations, to help educate colleagues and the public about medical laboratory science. Medical Laboratory Technologists, Diagnostic Cytotechnologists, Clinical Genetics Technologists and Medical Laboratory Assistants are all part of the medical laboratory community across Canada.
The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is the national certifying body for medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory assistants, and the national professional society for Canada's medical laboratory professionals. Incorporated in 1937 as the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists, the society has over 14,000 members in Canada and in countries around the world.
SOURCE Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
For further information: Christian von Donat, Director, Government Relations and Strategy, (613) 233-8906