92% of Americans believe an annual head-to-toe checkup with their primary care physician is an important part of preventative care and maintaining their health. And of the approximate 45 million that do schedule an exam, a vast majority of them have bloodwork done to test things like their glucose or cholesterol levels.
Have you ever stopped to think about all the behind-the-scenes laboratory testing that takes place before you receive your exam results? After all, each patient specimen that’s collected is someone’s parent, child, sibling, or friend, and requires the highest degree to care and attention possible.
Most people assume their physician or a nurse is the one analyzing all those microscopic blood cells to rule out any abnormalities. However, the true individual’s responsible are medical laboratory professionals.
From performing tests surrounding genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome, to resolving the correct medical treatment to use when someone is battling an antibiotic-resistant infection, medical laboratory professionals are the heroes behind the curtain that play a vital role in the healthcare landscape. There are an estimated 300,000 medical laboratory science practitioners in the U.S. who have dedicated their craft towards preventing and diagnosing a wide spectrum of diseases.
Testing analysis conducted by medical laboratory professionals is a pivotal part of assessing an ailment, diagnosing a medical issue, and constructing an appropriate treatment regimen. Phlebotomists, which also fall under the category of laboratory professional, are the backbone of a functioning healthcare system; expertly gathering patient samples and ensuring they are processed and transported properly.
For the week of April 22-29, we celebrate all our dedicated medical laboratory professionals and their unrelenting commitment to the medical community. While their efforts, which have saved countless lives, certainly deserve recognition 365 days a year, we’d like to encourage everyone to give their thanks this week.