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More than 20,000 people from all over the world gather every year at the AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo. Laboratorians crave new insights and meaningful connections that will nourish their natural curiosity—and professional zeal—to explore the field’s latest science and technology.
Labs don’t need IBM Watson and a huge research budget to reap the benefits of informatics for improving laboratory efficiency and quality. Plenty can be accomplished working on desktop computers with free or relatively simple software.
Procalcitonin testing holds the promise of curbing antibiotic use. Some organizations have implemented this approach, but others aren’t sold on its cost-benefits. Where has it been adopted and what is the evidence for its use?

Ask the Expert


Cold-stored platelets are experiencing a resurgence as a treatment for hypovolemic shock—a shift in transfusion practice that could impact lab technologists cross-trained to work in both clinical labs and blood banks. coagulation, hematology

Bench Matters


Temple University Hospital (TUH) and TUH Episcopal Campus worked over time to successfully implement a system for ensuring and documenting compliance with labelling requirements for point-of-care testing devices, starting with glucose meter strips and controls.

Federal Insider


Industry Playbook


Mini Review


Regulatory Roundup


In the draft guidance “Expansion of the Abbreviated 510(k) Program: Demonstrating Substantial Equivalence through Performance Criteria,” the Food and Drug Administration proposes new options for demonstrating substantial equivalence for 510(k) submissions through the Abbreviated 510(k) program.

The Sample