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Outside the Lab Profession, Clinical care

The Difference Between Life and Death

On any given day, tens of thousands of immigrants and refugees are held in detention by immigration enforcement along the US-Mexico border (1). The deluge of detentions, often occurring in overflowing and inadequate facilities, has created a health crisis that has deepened the plight of this vulnerable population. For many detainees, the grating conditions of their migration and the harsh realities of their detention create the need for medical expertise in fields like clinical microbiology, transfusion medicine, and the diagnosis of surgical pathology specimens. Pathology is an essential component of this patient population’s unique needs, and pathologists should be an important part of the medical voices advocating for the care of detainees’ health.

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Drew Bernhisel

Medical Student at Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, El Paso, USA.

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