The Artery is your community for finding solutions to your day-to-day clinical chemistry questions. In April, several answers were found to questions ranging from "Have patients developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 after being vaccinated?" to “Does a sickle cell trait have an effect on total glycated hemoglobin test results?”. Read on for the most discussed on the Artery in April.
Testing after SARS-CoV-2 Vaccinations
With vaccinations underway, patients are curious to know if they have developed antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 after being vaccinated. The question posted on the Artery sparked conversation about what kind of testing should be done on vaccinated patients, and whether they should be tested at all. What is your opinion on testing after vaccinations?
Where to Start When Learning Method Validation in Labs
When learning method validation in the clinical laboratory settings, what is the best resource for beginners? Arterians weigh in on the best tools for someone to use to better understand the process. What would you suggest for someone new to the topic area?
Sickle Cell Traits and Total Glycated Hemoglobin
Does a sickle cell trait have an effect on total glycated hemoglobin test results? And if so, does the lab need to send out the patient’s sample to a reference lab for accurate results? AACC members provide information on the relation between sickle cell traits and HbA1c measurements.