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Inverting Gel Tubes

A lab has been getting abnormal, elevated sodium results that can’t be confirmed on repeats—could inverting gel tubes after centrifugation be causing this problem? Respondents say that inverting gel tubes is not recommended, because with both PST and SST you’d be resuspending debris. In particular, labs should handle PST tubes with care. Platelets remain above the gel in PST after centrifugation, and can elevate sodium, AST, and potassium if they cross the gel.

IN CLINICAL LABORATORY NEWS

The Art and Practice of Career Development

Mentors and mentees alike can attest to the benefits of the Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians’ (SYCL) Mentoring Program, an initiative AACC unveiled in 2018 to foster leadership and advance the careers of young clinical lab professionals.

IN THE JOURNAL OF APPLIED LABORATORY MEDICINE

It’s Not Just a Needlestick

Researchers find that including child development and comfort techniques in phlebotomy training programs is essential to providing pediatric patients with a better experience.

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