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Laboratory tests are a key tool in diagnosing Lyme disease, which if untreated can lead to serious damage to the joints, heart, and nervous system. However, even as this foe of outdoor activities has continued its upward trajectory, diagnostic testing for Lyme disease has not advanced with it.

Ask the Expert

Neil Harris, MBChB, MD, DABCC, explores the role clinical labs play in monitoring hemophilia treatment by measuring coagulation factor VIII, as well as the limitations of current assays for this blood-clotting protein.

Bench Matters

Clinical laboratory professionals have a crucial responsibility to educate physicians about our consultative capabilities and to exercise our know-how for the betterment of patient care. Eugenio Zabaleta shares his experience and that of his lab colleagues in becoming this type of clinical consultant.

Federal Insider

Industry Playbook

Mini Review

Clinical laboratories operate within a complex regulatory system that monitors the accuracy and quality of testing. Laboratories must be familiar with the regulatory process and the agencies that inspect and accredit laboratories to meet quality guidelines, maintain inspection readiness, and ensure their staff understand and follow policies.

Patient Safety Focus

Regulatory Roundup

The Sample

Research at a major academic medical center found that about 40% of patients who met Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Early Management Bundle (SEP-1) criteria for severe sepsis did not have an initial lactate level drawn within the SEP-1-indicated timeframe.