December 2009 Clinical Laboratory News: Volume 35, Number 12

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New Heparin Standards 
Will the Change Make a Discernable Difference In Coagulation Monitoring?
By Genna Rollins


Updated standards for unfractionated heparin are expected to reduce the drug’s potency, but experts question what practical impact the changes will have.

Interpretive Comments on Test Results
How Far Should Labs Go?
By Bill Malone


While recent reports suggest that interpretations on lab reports help prevent misdiagnoses, labs experimenting with interpretive comments say they tread a fine line between helping physicians assimilate information from the lab without contributing to information overload.


Vitamin D Testing
How Will We Get It Right?
By Rosemary L. Schleicher, PhD, and Christine M. Pfeiffer, PhD


The demand for vitamin D testing has dramatically increased in recent years, leading clinicians to grapple with new analytical methods and differences in standard reference materials.


Report: Stroke Care Needs Improvement


H1N1 Spreads Across the United States
Tips on Handling the Spike in Demand for Testing


An interview with Ron Wince, president and CEO of Guidon Performance Solutions, on how labs can improve efficiency in order to handle an increased demand for flu testing.


Regulatory Profiles

Industry Profiles

Diagnostic Profiles

News from the FDA

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