Hematological Indices in an Older Population Sample: Derivation of Healthy Reference Values (Hematology) (Survey)

Hematological Indices in an Older Population Sample: Derivation of Healthy Reference Values (Hematology) (Survey)

Laboratory-based investigations are subject to substantial variability arising from several sources, including differences between subjects (e.g., age, sex, and genetic variation), within-subject variation (e.g., circadian change and pathological change), variations in sample collection and handling, and laboratory measurement error [1]. In interpreting an individual patient’s laboratory test results, the clinician usually compares the reported values […]

Evaluation of Blood Glucose Values in Critically Ill Patients Before and After Implementation of an Intensive Insulin Infusion Protocol (Clinical Report)

Evaluation of Blood Glucose Values in Critically Ill Patients Before and After Implementation of an Intensive Insulin Infusion Protocol (Clinical Report)

This retrospective study evaluated the effect of an intensive insulin infusion protocol on blood glucose values in five intensive care units at Baylor University Medical Center. The protocol involved an equation in which the hourly blood glucose value and an adjusted multiplier were used to determine the insulin infusion rate. The default target blood glucose […]

Critical Values in Anatomic Pathology?(Editorial)

Critical Values in Anatomic Pathology?(Editorial)

In the May 2006 ARCHIVES, the companion articles “Critical Values in Anatomic Pathology” by Drs Silverman and Pereira, (1) and “Communicating Critical Values in Anatomic Pathology” by Drs LiVolsi and Leung, (2) set forth for examination and discussion by the pathologist community, with the prospect of adoption and endorsement of the College of American Pathologists, […]

Assessment Monitoring of Laboratory Critical Values: A College of American Pathologists Q-Tracks Study of 180 Institutions (Cap Laboratory Improvement Programs)

Assessment Monitoring of Laboratory Critical Values: A College of American Pathologists Q-Tracks Study of 180 Institutions (Cap Laboratory Improvement Programs)

* Context.–Critical laboratory value reporting is a highly visible and essential key activity for clinical laboratories. Objective.–To measure critical laboratory value reporting in multiple institutions over time and to examine the practice patterns and demographic factors associated with sustained improvement in critical value reporting.

Critical Values Comparison: A College of American Pathologists Q-Probes Survey of 163 Clinical Laboratories (Cap Laboratory Improvement Programs)

Critical Values Comparison: A College of American Pathologists Q-Probes Survey of 163 Clinical Laboratories (Cap Laboratory Improvement Programs)

Critical values reporting is the mechanism by which direct reporting of potentially life-threatening laboratory results is made to caregivers. First described by Lundberg more than 30 years ago, (1) clinical laboratories identify critical results that may be life-threatening and contact physicians so that immediate clinical intervention may be initiated. Since this first report, the use […]