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  • When Diagnostic Testing Leads to Harm

    Apr 07, 2014
    The authors suggest that testing related diagnostic errors can be reduced by the systematic application of this new tool with appropriate follow-up.
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  • Pilot Study For Workflow of Analyzing Blood Culture

    Mar 31, 2014
    • Edgard Delvin, PhD
    • Drive for Innovation and 'Smarter' Diagnostics
    This article is particularly telling with respect to the clinical laboratory added value in terms of improvement of care, when one realizes that every hour of delay in administering the proper antibiotic results in mortality.
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  • Biliary Atresia - Up Close and Personal

    Mar 24, 2014
    During the time in pediatric ICU she had many laboratory tests performed and when the intensive care staff found out I was a clinical biochemist they made a point of showing me the laboratory results and asking me how I interpreted them. My son and his wife gave the staff full permission to talk about the blood work with me. Slowly my visit to the PICU became a teaching session as we talked to the nurses, residents and physicians about my granddaughter’s laboratory results.
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  • Introducing the Clinical Editor

    Mar 17, 2014
    • Community Experience
    Meet the new Clinical Editor for LabsAreVital, Edgard Delvin, PhD.
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  • In Laboratory Patient Safety, Eight Heads are Better Than One

    Nov 11, 2013
    • Ensuring Patient Safety
    Ever hear the phrase, “Two heads are better than one?” Well, when launching a Community Patient Safety Coalition Laboratory Sub-team, more than two heads are certainly needed!
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  • Regional Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science, 5-7 December, Athens

    Nov 04, 2013
    • Community Experience
    From 5 – 7 December 2013, the Regional European Congress of Biomedical Laboratory Science and the fourth Greek Medical Laboratory Technologists will take place in Athens, Greece. Entitled “Technical Advances and Current Practices”, the conference aims to progress collective efforts to improve biomedical laboratory science both in Greece and globally. Organized by the Greek Association of Medical Laboratory Technologists, the conference will take place in both Greek and English and expects to attract around 500 participants.
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  • Patient Safety: What Can We Do About It?

    Oct 29, 2013
    • Ensuring Patient Safety
    Patient safety is key, but sometimes with increased laboratory pressures it can have a tendency to slip down the priority list. It must also be remembered that patient safety is not the same as patient or clinician satisfaction, efficiency, or risk management.
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  • Cardiac Troponin

    Oct 21, 2013
    • Evidence of Clinical Value
    Every year in the UK, an estimated 144,000 people are admitted to hospital with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Diseases in the ACS spectrum can now be diagnosed and treated using Cardiac Troponin (cTnT). cTnT is a complex cardiac regulatory protein which controls calcium mediated interactions between actin and myosin and is currently regarded as the most sensitive and specific biochemical marker of myocardial infarction (MI) or damage.
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  • Laboratory Medicine Congress - Cape Town, South Africa

    Oct 14, 2013
    • Community Experience
    The Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists of South Africa organized the Laboratory Medicine Congress at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 28th – 31st July 2013. The congress was attended by 867 delegates from 28 countries.
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  • The Top 5 Things That Most Irritate Physicians About the Clinical Laboratory

    Oct 07, 2013
    • Controversies in Laboratory Medicine
    ‘What do you mean?’ I hear you ask… After taking a look at John Butterly and Richard Horowitzs’ comments on the topic, it was too interesting not to share… Take a look at the top 5 things that irritate physicians most about clinical laboratories and see what you think.
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