Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, clinical laboratory professionals have been working on the frontlines of developing, validating, and performing tests for the novel coronavirus. We have also been collaborating closely with providers to ensure that COVID-19 patients get the right test results at the right time. In this video series, AACC’s leading laboratory experts discuss the most common testing issues that we have tackled together with clinicians, in the hopes of helping providers find solutions to these challenges
Interpreting Test Results for COVID-19
When determining whether a patient has COVID-19, it is essential to assess the individual’s complete clinical picture and not to rely solely on whether the patient’s test is positive or negative.
Avoiding Preanalytical Problems in COVID-19 Testing
The majority of errors in laboratory testing come from the preanalytical phase of testing, which is everything that happens before a patient sample gets to the lab. Learn more about how these errors impact COVID-19 testing specifically and what can be done to mitigate them.
Understanding Regulations for Point-of-Care COVID-19 Testing
If as a physician you are planning to adopt point-of-care COVID-19 testing in your office, take a few minutes to brush up on how to avoid both regulatory and quality pitfalls with these tests.
Potential Issues with At-Home Sample Collection for COVID-19 Tests
Learn more about the pros and cons of at-home sample collection for COVID-19 testing so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to order these home kits for your patients.
COVID-19 Testing Explainer: Sensitivity, Specificity, and Predictive Values
Diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, and predictive values are all important metrics that are used to evaluate the performance of laboratory tests, and that can help you to gauge how reliable a COVID-19 test result is in your local patient population.
Meet the Experts
AACC President Dr. David Grenache serves as chief scientific officer at TriCore Reference Laboratories and as a clinical professor of pathology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
AACC President-Elect Dr. Stephen R. Master is the chief of the division of laboratory medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
AACC Past President Dr. Carmen Wiley serves as the medical director of clinical labs at Incyte Diagnostics in Spokane, Washington.
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