Lab Week 2021

in STEMGeeks5 months ago


         Last week, from April 18-24, was Lab Week. This is an obscure celebratory occasion in the world of medicine. It's so obscure that this is most likely the first time you've ever heard of it. In short, it's an appreciation week for everyone who works in laboratory services. And yes, this is very much an American thing. Here's a snippet from the CDC website:

         What does that mean for a wage slave laboratory professional like me? Well, at least I get free food each day. Here's an example of the type of goods I had received last week at work:

         It ain't much, but it's honest work.

         Lab Week also serves as a morale stabilizing event. Senior leadership took time and spent it conversing with personnel from various shifts. Once again, the gesture didn't seem much from the grand scheme of things. But, the response from the crew seemed positive. From the "top of the pyramid pathologists" to the lowly specimen processors, we are all part of the lab.

         Of course, each year, CDC has some corny promotional art to make us feel like our efforts were worth it. Don't get me wrong, what the lab does is very important. And often, laboratory work goes underappreciated by those who request them.

         From a clinical perspective, clinicians use test results to determine treatment for patients. A great deal of trust has to exist between the floor and the lab. The doctors and nurses would never see the testing process themselves. The lab would never see the full context of a patient's condition as we produce the data.

         Speaking of the type of laboratory personnel, I guess this is me according to the CDC art. I work on the clinical side of things. To be more specific, microbiology. Even within my the timeframe of my career, I've seen changes in the practices. The most notable being the PPE changes in response to the pandemic. The gist of the changes was more protective gears. It's nothing to complain about consider I work with infectious organisms day in and day out.

         Anyways, this is me giving you a taste of some of the hidden things in the healthcare system.

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I missed Lab Week by a week @enforcer48, I go on to my labs this for the physical, I had last week. So I send belated appreciation.

 5 months ago 

Appreciate the thought. Good luck!

Ok, honestly this is the first time i am hearing about this too.
My wife is a scientist and i must ask her too, if she know about this.
Anyways, Lab guys are real hero specially there days when there is so much pressure on them.
This looks like a simple job but it is not. The amount of concentration and precision required to carry out the work is enormous. Kudos to all the lab workers for their hard work.

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 5 months ago 

It could be just an American thing.

Looks like Captain Planet's lab team.

 5 months ago 

I wouldn’t be surprised that’s where they drew inspirations from.


hats off to you, I've heard that's quite a place but had no idea you were a microbiologist or into that so good on you because I'm quite a germaphobe :) btw, what is on the waffle? is that nutella smeared or something?

 5 months ago 

Yeah it was something like Nutella. Forgot what it was called.

Bang, I did it again... I just rehived your post!
Week 54 of my contest just can now check the winners of the previous week!