The Essence: The Best of September 2021

By Anne-Margaret Olsson posted 10-14-2021 13:00

  
The Artery is your community for finding solutions to your day-to-day clinical chemistry questions. Last month, several answers were found to questions ranging from "Which COVID-19 test provides the most accurate results?" to “With polyethylene glycol (PEG) being used in the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, what do we know about how it is broken down within a patient’s body?” Read on for the most discussed on the Artery in September.

PCR vs. Antigen Testing for COVID-19

One of the more common concerns surrounding testing for COVID-19 is the type of test needed for the most accurate results. In response to a question about PCR and antigen tests, Arterians weigh in on the efficacy of both tests for rapid results. What experiences have you had with these COVID-19 tests?

Retaining Internal Staff During Tough Times

Laboratories across the globe continue to struggle with staffing shortages from the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent article from the Harvard Business Review explores the idea of internal vs. external candidates in the hiring process, and the likelihood of internal candidates leaving jobs when they are passed on for a promotion. What is your opinion on hiring internally vs. externally?

Breaking Down Polyethylene Glycol

With polyethylene glycol (PEG) being used in the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, what do we know about how it is broken down within a patient’s body? Arterians provide resources on different uses of PEG in patient treatment. What are your thoughts?

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