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Discontinuing Amylase testing
DEC.13.2018

At my institution we are looking at Elimination of Amylase testing. I would like to know whether any other institution has done this.
Amylase has primarily been used for pancreatitis, but this has now been superseded by lipase. I would like to know any thoughts about this

Heparin Xa Critical values
DEC.13.2018

Do any of you established critical values for Heparin Xa?  Our pharmacy has an anticoagulation committee that is looking to set a critical value. Share online

Cord blood TSH and FT4
DEC.13.2018

Has anyone validated cord blood for FT4 and TSH? How did you approach the validation plan?The package insert indicates that the intended use of the assays are limited to serum and plasma only so we will have to perform full validation using cord blood samples as validation material. Or is it possible to just run and release patient results without validation but indicate a comment that the test is not validated for cord blood and neonatal specimens? Grateful for your help