Celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
There are heroes among us disguised in lab coats. Join CDC in celebrating Lab Week by spreading the word about the importance of laboratory professionals.
CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS) is excited to celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW or Lab Week) on April 22-28. The purpose of this annual event is to increase public awareness on the importance of laboratory professionals and their role in clinical diagnostics and medicine. The exceptional efforts and behind-the-scenes work of laboratories is essential to protecting public health. DLS supports laboratories as they safeguard the public’s health by continually improving quality and safety, informatics and data science, laboratory preparedness and workforce competencies.
Laboratory Heroes Save Lives
Medical professionals safeguard patient and public health by reducing diagnostic errors and preparing for disease outbreaks and health threats. These laboratory heroes conduct approximately 11 billion laboratory tests annually, and 70 percent of medical decisions depend on laboratory tests—emphasizing the importance of clinical laboratories in the healthcare industry. Safety, quality, and cost effectiveness in laboratory testing are imperative as the public relies extensively on laboratories for accurate and efficient diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
DLS League of Laboratory Superheroes
The Division of Laboratory Systems truly believes heroes are among us – disguised in lab coats – and applauds the superhero-like qualities of laboratory professionals who protect the public’s health. The exceptional work of these heroes often go unnoticed, so for this Lab Week, DLS is launching “The League of Laboratory Superheroes” to shine a spotlight on their extraordinary work.
Beginning April 22rd and into the months ahead, get to know the Luminary of Laboratory Excellence, the Safety Sentinel, the Workforce Wonder, the Ready Responder, Quantum Quality, and the Invincible Informatician. These superheroes recognize that quality, safety, preparedness, data science, and a well-trained workforce all pave the road toward laboratory excellence.
Spread the Word
Encourage others to spread the word about the importance of laboratory professionals. Retweet or repost CDC social media messages using #LabWeek on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.