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The Essence: The Best of February 2022

By Anne-Margaret Olsson posted 03-11-2022 16:20

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 "What protocol does your laboratory use (to share critical test results)?" to “What should a lab director do when a client requests Ct values for COVID-19 testing?". Read on for the most discussed on the Artery in February.

Calling All Laboratorians
@Rita Khoury, MD, DABCC, FAACC, CPP

For decades now, critical test result information has been delivered via phone calls to patient care teams. As technology advancements allow for new methods of communication, labs are making the switch to online portals for sharing information. What protocol does your laboratory use?

All About Plasma Free Hemoglobin
@Carol Fehmian, MD, ASCP

Arterians provided a great, in-depth discussion on how their labs test for plasma free hemoglobin, what instruments they use, and opinions on converting a hemolysis index into a separate test result. What are some of your lab’s practices that you can share?

Arterians Have the Answers
@Henry Zeidan, PhD, ABB, FAACC

What should a lab director do when a client requests Ct values for COVID-19 testing? How can you prove that low humidity levels don’t have an impact on lab testing? One Arterian reached out for advice on both topics and received valuable responses from colleagues. What are your thoughts?