Rationalizing Laboratories around Techniques that Cross Departmental Boundaries
Profound changes are taking place in clinical laboratory practice in the United States. Since these changes impinge on the design and performance of analytical instruments, there will inevitably be some fallout on clinical laboratories elsewhere in the world. Because of the past organization of clinical laboratories in the USA, it will be possible for American laboratories to adapt to the changes more easily than laboratories elsewhere. Laboratories in the USA have tended to function as one department, whereas in other countries each component of the clinical laboratory functions autonomously. Thus, changes that affect more than one laboratory at the same time may be addressed more effectively in the USA, since the services are under the same administrative jurisdiction, whereas these services are run by different departments in other countries.
KeywordsClinical Laboratory Microbiology Laboratory Technical Staff Hematology Laboratory Departmental Boundary
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