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Olympus Offers Industry Workshops at AABB Meeting

SAN DIEGO, November 1, 2003 - Olympus is sponsoring four industry workshops at the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) annual meeting here this year. Attendees can register for any of the workshops on-site, and workshop locations will be listed in the Annual Meeting Final Program. The Olympus-sponsored workshops include:
  • Trends in Pre-Transfusion Testing: Current and Emerging Practices (123-TC); Saturday, November 1, 4-5:30 pm. Intermediate level. This workshop will cover current serologic practices used by blood banks throughout the country, with a review of specifics and a discussion of methods being used in selected phases of compatibility testing.

  • Hospital Chief Technologists' Special Interest Group (306-TC); Monday, November 3, 8:30 am -Noon. Intermediate level. This session will provide participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and concerns, and will include presentations on disaster planning, cost containment, frequency of serologic testing and bloodless medicine. A review of the 2002 Transfusion Service Practice survey will also be presented.

  • Technical Directors' Special Interest Group (410-TC);Tuesday, November 4, 10:30 am to Noon. Intermediate level. This program will utilize small group and roundtable discussions to address issues facing technical directors. The session will conclude with the facilitators summarizing the small-group discussions, followed by Q&A.

  • Changes to Coding and Reimbursement 2003 (124-A); Saturday, November 1, 2-5:30 pm. Intermediate level. This workshop will present current coding and billing requirements for transfusion medicine blood components and services.

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About Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group
Since 1981, Olympus Diagnostic Systems Group has provided innovative solutions that meet the high productivity demands of hospitals, integrated healthcare delivery networks, reference labs, blood banks and pharmaceutical labs. Offering the broadest standardized line of random access, chemistry-immuno analyzers and lab automation systems, Olympus' solutions save laboratories time, maximize productivity and deliver fast, reliable results.

About Olympus
Olympus is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering innovative solutions in healthcare and consumer electronics worldwide.

Olympus works collaboratively with its customers and its parent company, Tokyo-based Olympus Corporation, to leverage R&D investment in precision technology and manufacturing processes across diverse business lines. These include:

  • Gastrointestinal endoscopes, accessories, and minimally invasive surgical products;
  • Advanced clinical and research microscopes;
  • Lab automation systems, chemistry-immuno and blood bank analyzers and reagents; and
  • Digital and film cameras, and digital voice recorders.
  • In the U. S. and Canada, Olympus serves healthcare, scientific and commercial laboratory markets with integrated product solutions and financial, educational and consulting services that help customers efficiently, reliably, safely, and easily achieve superior results. Olympus is the leader in gastrointestinal endoscopy and clinical and educational microscopes. The company's market-leading consumer electronics business spans North and South America. For more information, visit www.olympusamerica.com.