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Department of Health Celebrates Lab Professionals

April 25, 2018 - Public Health - Information

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 22-28

The Association of Public Health Laboratories works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the United States and globally.The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) recognizes ‘Medical Laboratory Professionals Week’ and celebrates the contributions of dedicated lab professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in protecting public health and safety across the state.

“This Lab Week, we express our appreciation to our laboratory professionals for their exceptional efforts and behind-the-scenes work essential to safeguarding public health in New Mexico,” said NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Lynn Gallagher. “We also take this important opportunity to increase awareness of the importance of public health and environmental laboratories.”

The NMDOH Scientific Laboratory Division (SLD) is the sole consolidated public health laboratory for clinical, environmental, and toxicology testing in the state. Equipped with sophisticated instrumentation and staffed by highly trained scientists, SLD offers a broad scope of services, including:

  • Infectious disease surveillance to help determine the risk to a community.
  • Animal testing to diagnose, monitor, control, and eradicate emerging diseases among animals.
  • Environmental health to ensure the safety of water, soil and air from chemical, biological or radiological agents or other contaminants.
  • Food testing monitoring for outbreaks of foodborne diseases.
  • Toxicology screening for alcohol and drugs in DWI criminal cases and autopsy cases.
  • Emergency response or preparedness to respond to intentional attacks, natural disasters, disease outbreaks and accidents involving hazardous substances.

Over the course of a year, lab professionals at SLD perform more than 200,000 vital tests on nearly 70,000 samples.

SLD is accredited and certified by national accrediting organizations, including College of American Pathologists, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Food and Drug Administration, and American Board of Forensic Toxicology.

To learn more about Medical Laboratory Professionals Week or to learn more about public health laboratories, visit the Public Health Laboratories page of the Association of Public Health Laboratories website.

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El Departamento de Salud Celebra a los Profesionales de Laboratorio