Beyond Phlebotomy Virtual Symposium – March 23 & 24, 2021
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Day 1 - Tuesday March 23, 2021: 11:00am - 2:00pm (Eastern)

Session 1 - Reducing Errors and Hemolysis in Blood Samples; From Observation to Education at Mount Sinai Hospital

This presentation will provide an over view on how this project initiated, and mapped out to improve Errors and Hemolysis rate in Blood Samples within the pre-analytical phase.

It will discuss the common practice that leads to errors/hemolysis, and the impact of practice on test results, and on patient diagnostic outcome over case studies.

The result of practice improvement will be highlighted at the end. Hoping this presentation can lead to remarkable changes in the culture of health care organizations, so Pre-analytical errors can no longer be seen as inevitable, but as something that can be actively streamlined and prevented.

Session 2 - Care Considerations for Inclusion of Gender Diversity within Medical Laboratory Services

This presentation will discuss the main healthcare obstacles of the transgender population that are related to laboratory medicine and the role of the medical laboratory and health care professionals in overcoming these obstacles.  Discussion will include review of the recent IQMH guideline publication entitled ‘Care Considerations for Inclusion of Gender Diversity within Medical Laboratory Services’. A brief review of the future challenges will also be presented.

Session 3 - From Bedside to Bench: The Safety Journey from the Patient to the Lab

A patient sample passes through many hands from phlebotomy to pre-analytical processes in the lab. Each interaction has the potential for safety implications. From infection prevention and control and biosafety our hands keep us and the patient safe. Let’s follow the safe journey of a patient sample from the bedside to the bench.


Day 2 - Wednesday March 24, 2021: 11:00am - 2:00pm (Eastern)

Session 1 - Blood Culture 101 - Best practices from pre-analytical to post-analytical phases

Sepsis represents a substantial healthcare and economic burden worldwide, and remains a leading cause of death. Due to the high morbidity and mortality associated with sepsis, blood culture and associated diagnostics for bloodstream infections must be accurate and efficient to correctly inform treatment decisions.

Join our experts as they discuss actionable steps to implement in each phase of the diagnostic pathway and strategies to improve the diagnostic accuracy and efficiency of your blood culture tests.

Session 2 - Managing Your Career: Strategies for Medical Laboratory Professionals

Great careers don’t just happen. Like everything worthwhile, they take careful planning, goal setting, intention, failure, and passion. In this session, Judy shares lessons learned through her journey from becoming an MLT to an MBA graduate. She provides strategies and resources to help you assess your unique strengths and build your capabilities in a way that fits your passions. She also gives advice for identifying and creating professional development and leadership opportunities that match your strengths and interests. This session aims to help you create a strategic course to drive your career forward based on your own definition of success.

Session 3 - Networking

Break the Zoom rules and turn on your camera and microphone to connect with your peers!


Course/Activity Information

Day 1 - March 23, 2021

Session 1 - Reducing Errors and Hemolysis in Blood Samples; From Observation to Education at Mount Sinai Hospital

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe contributing factors that lead to Pre-analytical Errors and Hemolysis in blood samples
  • Review Implementing strategies to reduce errors and hemolysis in blood collection related to Pre-analytical  phase
  • State the impact of blood collection on each tests

Speakers: SueAnn Konopelky, MLT and Leyla Teymouri, BScN, RN 

Leyla Teymouri graduated from Azad University of Iran with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing in 1992, and gained experience working at the Internal Medicine Unit, Mothers & Babies Unit, Critical Care Unit, and Cardiac Care units. After immigration to Canada, she obtained Canadian Nursing Registration, and started working at Mount Sinai Hospital in 2004. Over the past 11 years, she has been working as a Nurse Clinician for Infusion Therapy at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Leyla is a strong advocate for quality improvement initiatives on the unit and throughout the hospital. She has a passion for updating policies and procedures with ability to synthesize and implement nursing practice changes based on literature and evidence-based practice findings. A coach and mentor to all nursing staff and inter-disciplinary teams, always seeking to improve quality of practice related to vascular access and infusion therapy through best practice guidelines.

Sue Ann Konopelky is currently the Account Manager, Specimen Management at BD Life Sciences – Integrated Diagnostics Solution. She is a seasoned medical laboratory professional with 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her background includes Medical Laboratory technology, Quality Management as well as Lean Leaders Certification.
Sue Ann has been with BD for the past 14 years, nine years spent as a Clinical Specialist where she provided technical and clinical support, PreAnalytical Best practice training and Education to Laboratory and Nursing customers Nationally throughout Canada. Sue Ann has been in her current role with BD as Account Manager for Northern Ontario and Western Ontario for the past 5 years.


Session 2 - Care Considerations for Inclusion of Gender Diversity within Medical Laboratory Services

Learning Outcomes    

  • Understand the term transgender and related definitions.
  • Appreciate the challenges and obstacles the transgender population faces when accessing healthcare.
  • Understand how the medical laboratory can provide inclusive service to gender diverse patients.

Speaker: Dr. Miranda Wozniak

Dr. Wozniak obtained her medical degree from the University of Ottawa in 2006 and her FRCPC certificate in Hematological Pathology at the Ottawa Hospital in May 2010.

Dr. Wozniak joined LifeLabs in November 2010.  Her roles include Ontario Hematology Discipline Head, Laboratory Director and Deputy Ontario Medical Director.  She is also an Adjunct Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.

In addition, Dr. Wozniak is a member of the IQMH Hematology Committee and is Chair of the IQMH Gender Diversity Working Group.


Session 3 - From Bedside to Bench: The Safety Journey from the Patient to the Lab

Learning Outcomes    

  • Perform a local risk assessment.
  • Identify staff safety concerns.
  • Identify patient safety concerns.

Speaker: Tom Walus, BSc, MLT, RBSO

Tom Walus is a Registered Biosafety Officer and is President of the Canadian Association for Biological Safety. He has over 35 years of experience in medical laboratory technology.


Day 2 - March 24, 2021

Session 1 - Blood Culture 101 - Best practices from pre-analytical to post-analytical phases

Speakers: Patrick R. Murray, PhD and Sol Green, PhD

Dr. Patrick R. Murray received his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology at UCLA, postgraduate training in Clinical Microbiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN, and was director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Washington University from 1976-1999. In 1999, he joined the faculty of the University of Maryland, School of Medicine and in 2001, he accepted the position of Senior Scientist and Chief of Microbiology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In July 2011, he retired from the NIH and accepted his current position at BD Diagnostics as Vice President, Worldwide Scientific Affairs. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the Infectious Disease Society of America, member of the CLSI Consensus Committee for Antimicrobial Susceptibility Test Standards, former Chairman of the American Board of Medical Microbiology, former Editor-in-Chief of the ASM Manual of Clinical Microbiology from 1990 to 2010, former Editor of the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, and currently serves on numerous editorial boards. He has authored more than 275 research articles and 20 books.

Dr. Green has over 25 years clinical research experience in fields of Laboratory Medicine, including preanalytical variability and errors, clinical chemistry and automation, blood pH and gases, endocrinology, therapeutic drug monitoring, toxicology, special chemistry and cardiac markers. He is a fellow of the AACC Academy, and has a Certificate of Qualification as a Clinical Laboratory Director in New York State. He has been responsible for o versight of the BD Preanalytical Systems Department of Medical Affairs in Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as North and South America. Currently he is the US Medical Director and Director of Global Technical Services.


Session 2 - Managing Your Career: Strategies for Medical Laboratory Professionals

Learning Outcomes    

  • Clearly assess your unique strengths and weaknesses
  • Create a strategic course and roadmap for your career path
  • Identify and create opportunities for career development in the medical laboratory sciences

Speaker: Judy Tran, MLT, HBSc, MBA (candidate)

Judy Tran is a registered medical laboratory technologist and clinical educator at the Hematology Department at University Health Network. She is also an independent research consultant with interests in medical education and organizational behavior. She has been an active volunteer with the Canadian Society for Laboratory Science (CSMLS), previously participating in the Angoff Workshop and serving as an alternate exam panel member. Judy is currently completing the Master of Business Administration program at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2020, she was awarded the Becton Dickinson (BD) Young Leaders Scholarship (Journey to Greatness Award).


Session 3 - Networking

During this session, discussions are encouraged with other event participants. 

In smaller groups, you'll have the opportunity to talk about the event, key takeaways and current challenges in your lab/workplace.

Discover what others are doing that could help you, learn some best practices from colleagues in your field and best of all, make connections!


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