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High-sensitivity assays to detect cardiac troponin have been gaining favor among some cardiologists and labs beyond their role in diagnosing myocardial infarction to further stratify patients’ risk of poor cardiac outcomes, even those with stable disease. However, whether clinicians should use these values to implement more aggressive interventions remains in…
Newer, more automated tests for syphilis mean laboratorians have more choices about which tests to use and how to design their institution’s testing algorithm. Each laboratory needs to weigh multiple factors and make their own decision about which type of tests best serve their patient population.

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Bench Matters

In Part 2 of a look at total lab automation, Alexander B. Leichtle, MD, underscores that TLA works most successfully when used to trigger and leverage lean lab processes and IT structures rather than to render existing, complicated processes faster and less laborious.

Federal Insider

Industry Playbook

Laboratory Stewardship

Sending out genetic tests from hospital laboratories to reference laboratories can become a costly process. After a thorough review of the sending process, one institution found that careful preparation and analysis can significantly reduce the number of reference laboratories used while maintaining the quality that clinicians and patients depend on.

Regulatory Roundup

The Sample