Throughout 2022, the CLP editorial team posted hundreds of news and original articles on topics ranging from COVID-19 to new testing technologies to the ongoing technician shortages. Of the original articles and editorials–provided by contributors or written by CLP staff–there were five that stood out with laboratorians as the most read. Below are CLP‘s Top 5 articles for 2022.

The Top 5 articles were determined based on Google Analytics data as of Dec. 30, 2022:

  1. Fetal Fraction Enrichment for NIPT. Diagnostic screening for Down’s Syndrome during pregnancy was difficult until the identification and development of a test that could measure fetal fraction in an expectant mother’s blood. While there are challenges, this NIPT test offers clarity into the health of a gestating fetus.
  2. 10 Clinical Laboratory Predictions for 2023. Continued staffing shortages, more industry consolidation, and the growing ubiquity of at-home testing are just a few of the predictions that clinical laboratory experts are making for 2023.
  3. The Causes and Potential Solutions for the Current Shortage of Clinical Laboratory Technologists. Due to a number of factors, including, but not limited to, a lack of training programs, career development opportunities, and an aging workforce, there is a severe shortage of clinical laboratory technicians. The industry needs to take action to increase the ranks of technicians.
  4. Forgetting the Lab Has Consequences. The consequences of forgetting the lab in healthcare planning and taking laboratorians for granted is helping to fuel the catastrophic labor shortages that have been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  5. Implementing Dried Blood Spot (DBS) Testing in the Clinical Laboratory. Developed in the 1950s and 1960s, dried blood spot testing provides clinical labs an easy-to-collect, reliable, and cost-effective means to test for a variety of diseases.

“Fetal Fraction Enrichment for NIPT” by Stephen Little of Yourgene Health had the double distinction of being the most read article of the year of everything the CLP team posted on the website in. 2022.

These Top 5 Articles reflect the CLP staff’s ongoing commitment to providing relevant and thought-provoking content to our laboratorian readers, and look forward to providing even more high-quality content in 2023.