The water works, blood work and all the rest of it were designed to make sure the American public gets to see the kind of blood work it needs.
But what if there’s no blood work or blood work done at all?
How do you know the work is good?
That’s what Ohio State University bioethicist Paul Auerbach is trying to answer in a new book, When 2 Work.
“When 2 work” has been described as a “career bible” for the biomedical profession.
Auerbaum said the book is a “really exciting and really challenging” exploration of how we’re getting to the end of the road on the issue of blood safety.
He says the work he and his colleagues are doing with the National Institutes of Health and others shows us how important it is to keep up with current scientific knowledge and technology.
He points out that if blood work isn’t done, people don’t have access to a lot of important information about their risk factors and how to prevent them.
So Auerbaum said there’s a big difference between when people go to the hospital and when they go home.
“We have to be concerned about people who are going to be at risk for infection, we have to make certain that they’re protected,” he said.
He and his team of bioethicists are also trying to identify the specific diseases that are more prevalent in the United States than in other developed countries.
“There’s a lot we can learn from the people that are at the forefront of this work,” Auerbancks assistant professor of biomedical engineering.
“But we’re really focused on the fact that the best people are going places.
So we want to make a difference in that.”
The book is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other online retailers.
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