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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Medical Lab Professionals Week – How will you say “Thank You!?"

Medical Laboratory Professionals week is April 19-25, 2015. According to Wikipedia, medical lab professionals can be medical laboratory scientists, medical technologists, clinical scientists, or clinical laboratory technologists. They are the healthcare professionals who analyze your pleasant bodily fluids, like blood, urine, and stool. These medical lab professionals work in hospital labs, doctor’s offices, clinics, blood donor centers, and government or research facilities. Education ranges from an Associates, Bachelor’s, or Master of Science degree. The degree obtained determines the pay-grade
as well.

Medical lab professionals perform an array of tests, some simple and others more complex. Examples include: allergy, paternity, pregnancy, diabetes, cancer, HIV, drug, alcohol, cholesterol, thyroid, hormone, and many others. The results of the particular test performed influence physicians on the medical treatment a patient receives. As a result, there is no room for error. Surprisingly though, it’s ranked as one of the best jobs based on salary, stress level, work environment, physical demands, and job outlook.

A medical lab professional is one of the many thankless jobs that often goes unnoticed in the healthcare industry. To quote ONELab, “Not all heroes wear capes, some wear lab coats.” On The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science website, Medical Laboratory Professionals Week provides a unique opportunity to educate and increase public appreciation for lab personnel in patient care.
So how can you say thank you to the dedicated lab personnel that you know personally or may come in contact with during the week? Below are 11 simple things you can do to let medical lab professionals know you appreciate all their hard work:
  • Give them a heartfelt thank you in person.
  • Write a good old fashioned thank you letter.
  • Send out a tweet using #lab4life to spread awareness.
  • Order a “Keep Calm and Trust Your Lab Tech” t-shirt and wear it proudly.
  • Take the team to lunch or order in.
  • Bring in homemade desserts or have an ice cream social for the team.
  • Throw an appreciation party – rent a nacho or hot dog machine, have a masseuse on hand to give 10-minute massages, have a dance party, raffle off prizes, or play games.
  • Let the team leave early throughout the week, based on coverage of course.
  • Give a gift card or cash bonus.
  • Go on a team outing, like bowling, theme park, team building facility, etc.
  • Put together a gift basket of all their favorite things.

The most important thing to remember is to be genuine. The simplest of thank yous can be the most meaningful if they are from the heart. How do you plan on celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals week? Let us know in the comments section! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Will the handshake ever go out of style?

Interesting fact…the handshake dates back as far as the 5th century BC in ancient Greece. It was thought to be a gesture of peace by demonstrating that the hand isn’t holding a weapon, according to Wikipedia. In an article on the History of the Handshake from MyHeritage blog, the handshake we know today evolved from an elbow-to-wrist frisk and the shaking motion was supposed to dislodge any weapons that may have been hidden up the sleeve.

Today, the handshake is engrained in our culture and is commonly done when you first meet someone, as an offer of congratulations, as an expression of gratitude, or to solidify an agreement. If done right, a well-executed handshake can make a great first impression. In the business world, for example, you may shake the client’s hand before the start of a meeting, as a congratulations to each other after coming to an agreement on services, and then again when you leave. Now, imagine replacing those three handshakes with fist bumps. And forget about the high five; thanks to the First Lady, Michelle Obama, the fist bump replaced the high five during the 2008 election.

So, what do you think about replacing the traditional handshake with the popular fist bump? Can it work in a professional setting or is it too casual? Does the fist bump hold the same meaning as the handshake? One argument in favor of the fist bump proves that the handshake is a germ-infested way to say hello. In a study conducted by the American Journal of Infection Control, the handshake transferred twice as many bacteria than the high five, while the fist bump had the lowest bacteria transmission.

To the germophobe, the fist bump is a life saver. However, can’t the average person use some antibacterial gel after a handshake if there’s a concern about germs? In my opinion, to quote Taylor Swift’s popular new song, Style, “We never go out of style.” There are certain things – business suits, family dinners, sports, and even handshakes – that will never go out of style. They may have highs and lows or change looks over the years, but won’t disappear completely from everyday life.

I am not convinced the contemporary fist bump carries the same weight as the classic handshake. Perhaps the fist bump is still too new to have the kind of reputation as the handshake; after all, it’s been around for thousands of years. What do you think – does the fist bump stand a chance or is it just a phase? Will the handshake stick around for centuries to come? Leave a comment!