December 2011 Clinical Laboratory News: Volume 37, Number 12

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COVER STORIES

Proficiency Testing: Making the Grade
When Is Just Getting by Good Enough?
By Bill Malone

While laboratorians have discovered that PT results can yield insights for quality management, the unknown differences between PT samples and real patient samples can leave labs with questions about their true performance. As a result, experts encourage laboratorians to have a clear understanding about the potential—as well as the limits—of PT.

The Challenge of Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism
What’s the Best Role for D-dimer?
By Genna Rollins

The D-dimer test has an important role in the work-up of suspected pulmonary embolism, but it is often ordered inappropriately or misinterpreted. Several professional health organizations have issued guidelines for diagnosing and managing pulmonary embolism that speak to the test utilization issue.

SERIES ARTICLE

Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate
The Importance of Standardized Serum Creatinine in Detecting Kidney Disease
By W. Greg Miller, PhD

Measuring creatinine and reporting glomerular filtration rate are vital to catching chronic kidney disease early and managing patients’ disease. To reduce variability among different measurement procedures, laboratories should use current recommendations from the National Kidney Disease Education Program.

NEWS BRIEF

CHD Prevalance Continues to Decline

INSIDE

Flaherty Stepping Down as AACC EVP
Tenure Marked by Technological Change, Growth
By Genna Rollins

AACC bids farewell to Executive Vice President Richard Flaherty after more than 20 years of leadership.

AACC's EXPERT ACCESS
Clinical Significance of Analytes in Non-standard Body Fluids

Each month, AACC’s Expert Access Live Online Program features a different hot topic. Read a Q&A with Deanna Franke, PhD, DABCC, MT (ASCP), about the differences between standard and non-standard laboratory tests and how your lab can review its current body fluid test menu to ensure reporting of clinically useful body fluid results.

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Regulatory Profiles
Industry Profiles
Diagnostic Profiles
News from the FDA

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