Cleanliness of the Lab and Misdiagnosis

researchWhen it comes to running tests and experiments it is important to have an orderly and clean lab. We all know how important this is back in school, with the smallest contaminant the result of an experiment can be very different to what the results should be. Although there are parts of the world, especially in make shift laboratories when doing tests in the field. But there are measures you can do to get the same level, or at least a level close to, of sterility in a fully functional research lab back home.

When in the field or in a developing country, if a lab is not yet available to you, you will definitely need to build one yourself. While doing so you need to take account proper ventilation and air filtration, along with proper lighting and cleaning equipment. The construction must be supervised by you or another qualified individual who knows the requirements for a properly sterile lab. While some are not strictly following the specifications of a proper lab, it is your professional duty to do so.

Porous materials for building are not really good for labs, as they are hard to clean and might become an area for several contaminants to grow. Fans are not desirable as they collect and spread dust around, if cooling the room is essential, you might need to spend extra for air conditioning, a regular one would do, but if you could get one where you can precisely control the humidity and temperature, that would be the best option for you.

You will also need to have an assortment of cleaning materials, though saline and bleach are the main cleaning solutions used in laboratories, there are new formulations which inhibits bacterial and fungal growth in the area for comparably longer periods of time. Though if this is not available, stick with the first two, as they have been used since the very beginning of lab sanitation.

When in the lab, prepare clothing and footwear only for the area, I clean labhave seen many laboratories not do this and it makes me cringe. Though I have been called a perfectionist with OCD, so I guess this is more of a “me” kind of thing, rather than actual standard operating procedures.

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My First Medical Lab Conference

For some reason, last year I was among the ones chosen to go to a medical lab conference. Of course I have never been to any one of those so, since I have always been the type to stay in the lab since my days in school. The idea of conferences made me think of all those things I saw in the marvel movies, when it came to events regarding scientist it was either black tie or a suit, which I had none of. So I quickly Google what to wear in a conference, which resulted to a lot of things, but all in all it just showed that I am supposed to wear something casual with a blazer. I was thankful that I had the foresight to Google it, because I was already thinking of where to rent a tux, had I not done so, I would have made a total fool of myself entering the room dressed like James Bond, though I am sure I would have pulled it off somehow.

So now that I am a pro when it comes to dressing in a conference, allow me to be your fashion expert when it comes to being safe in dressing for company and corporate events. So unless they actually tell you to wear something during the meeting or invitation, remember to play it safe. Wear something casual, but not too casual, Jeans would be an okay choice but you can also go with khaki as it can go either semi-formal or casual, a good shirt (a dress shirt, not your thunder cat T-shirt), and the most essential thing in the list is a Blazer or Sports Jacket (Not as varsity jacket), it would also help if wear casual shoes, they might not be as comfortable as your trainers but they are just perfect for these kinds of events.


James Bond

That’s my fashion tip for today, not bad for a Medical Technician if I say so myself.