Critical Values in an Adult Population

Corinne Fantz

Corinne Fantz, PhD

April 2009


This month’s Expert Access program is “Defining & Reporting Critical Values” by Corinne Fantz, PhD,  will introduce the concept of a critical laboratory value, list the largest published surveys for reporting critical values, describe an approach to adjust historical critical value reporting ranges in an adult hospital, and compare the impact of adjusted critical limits with respect to call volume/personnel time.




Dr. Corinne Fantz is Assistant Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, Director of the Core Laboratory at Emory Crawford Long Hospital, and Director of Point of Care Testing for Emory Medical Laboratories, all in Atlanta, Ga. She received her BA in Biology and Chemistry from Columbia College (SC) and her PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of South Carolina. Her primary research interests center around laboratory testing in the pregnant patient, including new ways to assess fetal lung maturity. Other projects include collaborations to assess hemostasis in the pregnant patient and risk of fetal demise, and investigation of potential markers for respiratory distress syndrome in neonates using proteomic techniques. Dr. Fantz is a diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Chemistry.

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