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Newsletter

APRIL 6, 1999

Medical laboratory technologists across Canada will be celebrating the National Medical Laboratory Week (NMLW) from April 12­17, 1999. The theme this year is "We're Here ... When You're There." To encourage and support you in increasing public awareness of the important contribution that you make to health care in Canada, the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS) has prepared the 1999 NMLW Planning Guide and other resource materials. Start planning your 1999 NMLW events today. CSMLS will be pleased to provide you with the 1999 NMLW Planning Guide and other promotional materials -- colourful posters, general information brochures, fact sheets, a media kit and the video "Reaching Beyond Technology." You can also look for samples on their Internet site at www.csmls.org For further information or to obtain the CSMLS planning guide and/or promotional materials (many available free of charge), please contact Kurt Davis by phone at (905) 528-8642, ext. 3007, by fax at (905) 528-4968, or visit the CSMLS Web site at www.csmls.org

Reference: 1998 Planning Guide. Canadian Journal of Medical Laboratory Science 1997; 61(1) (Special Supplement).

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National Medical Laboratory Week

April 12 17, 1999

IAMLT Declares April 15 World Medical Laboratory Science Day

The International Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists (IAMLT) has endorsed medical laboratory technologists becoming more involved in promoting the image of the profession, and has declared April 15, 1999 as World Medical Laboratory Science Day. The theme for the 1999 day is Biomedical Laboratory Science -- the Key to the Control of Diabetes. IAMLT encourages its member associations and their members to take advantage of this special day to promote the profession. If you can't manage a full week of NMLW activities, or perhaps your local needs relate to the IAMLT theme, then join in on this day with your colleagues worldwide in the promotion of the profession. For additional information visit the IAMLT Internet site at http://www.iamlt.se

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IN THIS ISSUE

Endocrinology Survey R-9904 and Patterns-of-Practice Survey R-9904-PP ........................................... 2 IAMLT declares April 15 World Medical Laboratory Science Day ....... 1 LPTP Annual Symposium .................. 2 LPTP Mailings .................................... 2 National Medical Laboratory Week ... 1

LPTP Newsletter

No. 250· April 6, 1999

Dont miss the LPTP Symposium! Registration Deadline: April 16, 1999

Maintaining a Leading Edge

W e d n e s d a y , J u n e 2 , 19 9 9 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

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For more information, contact: Laboratory Proficiency Testing Program 250 Bloor Street East, Suite 501, Toronto, Ontario M4W 1E6 Telephone: (416) 323-9540 or Toll free: 1-877-323-9540 Linda Crawford, ext. 246, E-mail: [email protected] Susan Singhal, ext. 248, E-mail: [email protected] Or visit our Website to register online: www.lptp.on.ca

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n LPTP MAILINGS SENT APRIL 5­APRIL 16, 1999 Endocrinology Survey R-9904 and Patterns-of-Practice Survey R-9904-PP In addition to the lyophilized material, the Endocrinology survey R-9904 includes two vials of fresh serum for CA 125. If your laboratory performs CA125 tests and does not receive the testing material, please contact LPTP. A pattern-of-practice survey (R-9904-PP) with regard to the investigation of thyroid disease is also included. All laboratories performing thyroid hormone tests are expected to participate.

· · · · · · · · · · B-9902 Bacteriology Survey Report & Committee Comments C-9903 Chemistry-General Survey Report (Routine) D-9903 Drug Monitoring Survey Report I-9903 Transfusion Medicine Survey Report K-9902 Coagulation Survey Report M-9902 Hematology-Morphology Survey Report R-9904 Endocrinology Analysis Worksheet & Testing Materials R-9904-PP Endocrinology Patterns-of-Practice Survey W-9903 Mycology Provisional Report Coagulation Broadsheet #7 (Reprinted for Sec. 4.3)

Items shipped separately: · B-9904 Bacteriology Analysis Worksheets, Bulletin & Testing Materials · H-9904-R Hematology-General Analysis Worksheet, Bulletin & Testing Material (Reticulocyte Count) · H-9904-X & Y Analysis Worksheets & Testing Materials Provisional reports recently released to LPTP Web site: · C-9903 Chemistry-General Routine · C-9903-UC Chemistry-General Urine Chemistry · D-9903 Drug Monitoring · I-9903 Transfusion Medicine · W-9903 Mycology

2 Mailings may be shipped separately during the period shown above. Each laboratory will receive items related to disciplines it participates in. If you consider you should have received an item and have not done so, please contact LPTP. Opinions expressed in LPTP Newsletters are not necessarily those of LPTP, and announcements are at the request of the sponsors.

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