National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW) is an annual celebration of the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care. NMLPW is not only a time to celebrate their professionalism and be recognized for their efforts, but also to inform and educate medical colleagues and the public about the medical laboratory and the impact these dedicated skilled professionals have on the overall patient care. There are approximately 300,000 practitioners of clinical laboratory science in the United States. Since the development of this career group in the 1920’s, the clinical laboratory science professional has played an increasingly vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. Since phlebotomists, medical technologists and pathologists work behind the scenes, few people know much about the critical testing they perform on a daily basis or what is takes to be able to work in a laboratory.
Watch the following video to see how a number of laboratories helped diagnose one young boy’s illness and save his life: http://bit.ly/2nPqGVI.