Carla is a Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) in an urban hospital where she works in a hematology lab. In the lab, Carla analyzes blood samples looking for blood diseases such as leukemia and anemia. She also performs testing and monitoring for anti-coagulation therapy and bleeding disorders. Throughout the pandemic, Carla's colleagues have run hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 tests.

Now the focus of Carla's department is continuing to deliver quick and accurate test results in order to keep up with the backlog of surgeries and for cancer patients to receive timely treatments.

The past two years working through the pandemic can be summed up into one word: STRESS.

In spite of her lab continuously training new staff, the number of MLTs has not increased. Many staff are still moving and shuffling around. She feels that our province was extremely fortunate that they didn’t have any outbreaks in the labs, because there would have been no one left. MLTs can’t just be replaced.

Even with the MLT Diploma, there is a learning curve in the lab, on-site training and yearly continuing education that needs to happen in order to function properly. 

Thank you all for putting in those long hours in the lab and thank you for being there for us during the pandemic. We wish you all the best in your new department and know you will make a huge impact on so many people that are depending on health care workers to save their lives.

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