October 2010 Clinical Laboratory News: Volume 36, Number 10

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The Transformation of Medicine
Labs Key to New Paradigms
By Genna Rollins

Plenary speakers at the 2010 AACC Annual Meeting offered an intriguing glimpse into the future of medicine, from advancements in Alzheimer’s disease diagnostics and use of pluripotent stem cells to a systems approach to healthcare delivery based on predictive, personalized medicine.  

The Future of Lab Leadership
What Will it Take to Navigate the Changes Ahead?
By Bill Malone

Lab leaders discussed how current and future generations will shape the leadership in clinical labs during a symposium at the 2010 AACC Annual Meeting. Among the challenges facing the next generation of lab directors are shifting business models, stepped-up scrutiny from regulators, and understanding how to manage multiple generations of employees.


Type 1 Diabetes Autoantibodies
Prediction and Diagnosis of Autoimmune Diabetes
By Patricia W. Mueller, PhD, Peter Achenbach, MD, Vito Lampasona, Michael Schlosser, PhD, and Alistair J. K. Williams

Autoantibody tests are used to distinguish between autoimmune diabetes and diabetes due to other causes. This article describes the latest advances in testing for autoantibodies predictive of type 1 diabetes, as well as assay standardization efforts by the Diabetes Autoantibody Standardization Program.


IVD Market Set For Continued Growth


Organizing Specimen Processing for High Quality and Efficiency 
Q & A with Linda Nesberg

Linda Nesberg, operations manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories, offers her solutions for receipt and processing of specimens and their associated tests. Nesberg also discussed Lean principles and how incorporating Lean can improve lab efficiency.

What Can Laboratory Directors Learn from Baseball?
By James S. Hernandez, MD, MS

In a baseball game, the term “chin music” refers to a pitch that comes dangerously close to the batter’s head. As a lab director, sometimes standing up for patient safety issues is like standing up to a dangerous pitch.

How to Categorize Incident Reports to Fuel Quality Improvement
A Model-Based Approach for Process and Behavior Incidents
By Peggy A. Ahlin, BS, MT (ASCP) and Bonnie Messinger

When categorizing incident reports it is important to first define your goal. Determine what information you want to obtain and what you plan on doing with it. The focus should be to facilitate process improvement and/or promote behavior change.  

The Monday Morning Quarterback
Hindsight Bias in Medical Decision Making
By Karen Appold

Hindsight bias describes the tendency to judge the events leading up to an accident as errors because the bad outcome is known. Learn how safety analysis experts are applying the hindsight bias model to medical decision making.



2010 AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo Set New Records

For the first time, the total numbers of attendees at AACC Annual Meeting exceeded 20,000, and the Clinical Lab Expo was officially AACC’s largest ever with almost 2,000 booths and more than 700 companies exhibiting. Featured are product highlights from the five largest IVD manufacturers.


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