Clinical Laboratory News October 2014
CLN
An AACC Publication | Volume 40, Number 10
October 2014
Drug Abuse
coagulation
Drug Testing Dynamics
Report Offers Much-Needed Guidance for Pediatricians
Recognizing that drug testing is riddled with nuances and complications even for highly experienced providers, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated its guidance on testing for drugs of abuse in children and adolescents. Experts say the document provides a good starting point for laboratorians to consult with pediatricians about ordering and interpreting these tests.
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MATERNAL-FETAL MEDICINE
 
Bench Matters
The Clinical Laboratory's Role in Preventing False-Negative hCG Point-of-Care Results
False-negative pregnancy tests in the emergency department can have serious consequences for both mother and baby. Authors Ann Gronowski, PhD, DABCC, and Robert Nerenz, PhD, look at false-negative challenges with point-of-care hCG devices, and offer suggestions for labs to improve hCG result accuracy.
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ANNUAL MEETING  
lab management  
Big Crowds, Bigger Science
 
Highlights of the 2014 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo
Catch up on the cutting-edge science presented at the meeting this year through the eyes of the authors of the CLN Daily.
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GUIDELINES
 
The New International Recommendations for Chronic Kidney Disease
 
What Laboratorians Need to Know About the 2012 KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline
The KDIGO guideline introduces new recommendations for laboratory testing and interpretation, including evaluation of albuminuria.
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PATIENT SAFETY FOCUS

lab management  
The Risks and Benefits of Home Use Tests
Several trends are driving home use testing, including an aging population and wider adoption of care models utilizing patient-centered medical homes. Read More
PATIENT SAFETY FOCUS
Presenteeism Among Healthcare Workers: A Negative Effect on Patient Safety
The facts about presenteeism for healthcare workers are troubling. Healthcare workers are more likely to come to work sick than other workers. Read More
PATIENT SAFETY FOCUS
lab management  
Defining Critical Value Lists and Limits: How Can Labs Balance Efficiency and Patient Safety
Despite the importance of critical values in patient care and the emphasis on effective communication of these results in the past decade, there is no widely accepted guideline for defining which analytes should be on a critical value list and how the cutoffs should be assigned. Read More
Point-of-Care Testing
  expert
Ask the Expert
 
Key Steps for Point-of-Care Testing in Physician Offices
As physician office labs expand in number and in the menu of tests they offer, laboratorians will need to carefully manage the intersection of both federal CLIA law and state laws.
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