TOP AACC ARTERY DISCUSSIONS

COM.01000 PT Procedure

An AACC member is asking how other labs have dealt with being cited during a CAP inspection for not having procedures “for investigation of results that, although acceptable, show bias or trends suggesting a problem.” One respondent suggested having staff investigate the PT reports with >2 +/- SDI using the same comprehensive failure investigation form.

IN CLINICAL CHEMISTRY

The Effect of Entresto on BNP

Researchers investigate whether the heart failure drug Entresto augments circulating B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) concentrations, making the results of BNP measurements diagnostically ambiguous.

LAB TESTS ONLINE

FDA Grants Emergency Approval for Test to Detect Zika

The Trioplex real time RT-PCR assay, developed by the CDC, can check blood samples for the presence of Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses. When performed in conjunction with blood samples, the test can also detect Zika virus in urine, spinal fluid, or amniotic fluid.

PATIENT CARE

Lab Tests Online

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