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Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an annual celebration of the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care, ensuring patients receive the proper tests, the correct diagnosis, and the right treatment. Hattiesburg Clinic laboratories are comprised of many employees working together as a team throughout our 17-county service area.

Medical laboratory science professionals generate laboratory data that is needed to detect cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, like the Sars-Cov-2 virus. The scope of a medical laboratory scientist’s work begins with the receipt of patient or client specimens and terminates with the delivery of test results to physicians and other healthcare providers. The laboratory supplies 70% of all the information the physicians need to make a diagnosis. These professionals manage dozens and dozens of tests across multiple laboratory medicine disciplines, utilizing manual, semi-automated and automated laboratory platforms. These tests are not just loaded on machines that do the work, either. Laboratory testing relies squarely on the validity of test methodology. To this end, much of the work done by laboratorians involves ensuring specimen quality, interpreting test results, data-logging, testing control products, performing calibration, maintenance, validation, and troubleshooting of instrumentation as well as performing statistical analyses to verify the accuracy and repeatability of testing. Laboratorians maintain a professional certification in their specific medical-laboratory science field; many achieved this through post-baccalaureate studies through an accredited medical laboratory science program.

We want to celebrate these health care heroes, who have always been essential. Thank you for all your hard work!

Keenon Walker

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