When you’re getting a blood test, you don’t often think about how far that quick and simple test has come in terms of innovation, technology and general knowledge. However, the industry has changed quite a bit from its humble beginnings. Below are some key events that made clinical testing what it is today, and how those events shaped Vista’s dedication to improvement.
1665: The first recorded blood transfusion. Without knowledge of blood types, doctors would essentially transfer blood from the donor via a simple tube system. The results were pretty hit or miss.
1901: The discovery of blood types. This discovery explained why some of those 17th century transfusions didn’t go so well. Since the revelation of four blood types, doctors have made fool proof systems to overcome this lack of compatibility.
1985: The first blood test for HIV. This test opened up multiple doors for disease detection. Since then, blood tests have become safer and more accurate. This also allowed for more blood transfusions, since they were no longer at risk of containing HIV antibodies.
2015: The innovative period. Since its inception, the clinical diagnostics industry has perfected the accuracy and safety factors surrounding blood tests. Now, it’s all about finding new ways to bring comfort and convenience to patients. Researchers are now finding ways to detect diseases through saliva and urine that, in the past, were only ever possible to find through blood. Vista is taking part in this revolution by offering patients services that reach a new level of innovation, like our mobile services and same-day results.
To see first-hand how far the clinical diagnostics industry has come, talk to your doctor about getting your next test done at Vista, and follow our Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages to stay updated on the newest industry trends.