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NACB - Scientific Shorts
NACB - Scientific Shorts (formerly NACB Blog)
By Pamela Steele, PhD
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Laboratory scientists continue to strive toward achieving inter laboratory harmonization as elegantly examined by Drs. Miller and Myers in a recent NACB Blog.1  While the terminology of achieving equivalency may differ (e.g., combinability, comparability, normalization, harmonization), the concepts...(Read More)
By Pamela Banning, MT(ASCP)cm, PMP
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We are often asked if the same LOINC® code indicates identical tests. This is a very relevant communications issue for achieving interoperability and meaningful use among laboratories, healthcare providers, and health information exchanges. It is important for the industry to understand that LOINC®...(Read More)
By William E. Winter, MD, and Roger L. Bertholf, PhD
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​A colleague recently approached one of the authors with questions about the diagnosis of diabetes in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Here are the questions:Q1. Can A1c be used to screen for diabetes in CF patients?Q2. Can an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) be run on a POCT instrument?Q3. Sh...(Read More)
By Brad S. Karon, MD, PhD, FACB
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​If you are like me, about once per quarter you get a call or email from an internal medicine resident, critical care fellow, or someone else charged with leading a quality improvement project about a brilliant idea they had for improving the quality of care in the adult ICU.  “Lets draw all microt...(Read More)