Cost containment has emerged as one of the major challenges facing laboratory operations today. This is in addition to expectations for high quality results with decreased turnaround times, and increased workloads with a decreased workforce. A recent cost study at the University of Malaya Medical Centre, published in the January issue of AJCP, concluded that the anatomic pathology laboratory is highly labor intensive but nonetheless critical, especially in the management of cancers. To maintain quality, it is important that anatomic pathology laboratories always carefully implement steps to minimize human errors in its highly labor-intensive activities, the study indicated. These may include introducing further mitigation steps and techniques throughout the work process, further automation, and working closely with other medical specialties to reduce unnecessary stress on the anatomic pathology laboratory. To read more about the study, click here.