Jumping into action for urgent patient care

While visiting patient floors for blood collection, Karlene Jackson, LMP Specimen Management Technician entered a patient room to a startling scene. She found a patient with a disconnected IV, and a resulting pool of blood on the bed and floor. Responding immediately, Karlene rushed to the front nurses’ desk and interrupted a safety huddle to... Continue Reading →

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All for one (name), and one (name) for all: Blood Collection renaming

Making hospital visits simple to navigate and easy to understand is paramount for patients. That’s why LMP has undergone steps to rename the blood collection areas at UHN to one common name across all sites. Currently, there a three different names used (Diagnostic Test Centre at TGH, Blood Lab Collection Centre at PM, and Blood... Continue Reading →

Surprise, surprise! LMP passes OHIP inspection with flying colours

Recently, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) laboratory licencing and inspection services paid LMP’s Blood and Specimen Collection Centres a surprise visit. Auditors spent the day observing staff at work across TGH, PM and TWH and reviewed practices, patient workflow, phlebotomy techniques and standard operation procedures. A major shout out to all LMP’s Specimen Management... Continue Reading →

New LMP NEJM publication assesses effectiveness of kidney disease therapies

Congratulations to LMP Renal Pathologist, Dr. Carmen Avila-Casado on her recent publication in the New England Journal of Medicine. The paper is titled, Rituximab or Cyclosporine in the Treatment of Membranous Nephropathy, and assesses the effectiveness of two different therapies in the treatment of Membranous Nephropathy kidney disease.   In addition to Dr. Avila-Casado’s contributions,... Continue Reading →

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