WSJ: Staff Shortages in Labs May Put Patients at Risk

Press Release Date: 
13 May 2009

The swine-flu outbreak has focused a spotlight on a looming risk for hospitals and their patients: a shortage of technicians to run critical lab tests.

Vanderbilt University Hospital's lab had to pull staffers from other parts of the hospital and ask technicians to work double shifts to test incoming patients for swine flu earlier this month. "It was all hands on deck for a week," says Michael Laposata, chief pathologist at the large medical center in Nashville, Tenn.

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