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  • Posted in: Chicago

    Chicago Section members, I would like to emphasize that the Education Award candidates can be students and trainees at any level of their education as well as medical technologists!  Also, check out the other awards and consider nominating those contributing ...

  • RE: Registration

    We are preparing the final details and need everyone who is planning to go to register ASAP.  We look forward to seeing everyone and making this another great DACC Spring Meeting! Thanks! Pete

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    Our facility just validated a pH meter. We used patient fluid samples that spanned from 6.99 to 8.15, not a true linearity but showed linearity when graphed. We just performed a patient correlation and a precision. The reference ranges for the different ...

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    I suspect there is a miscommunication somewhere. ​I think the intent is to have a complete stand alone SOP for staff. The SOP may have links/references to vendor materials, but it should have enough information to run the instrument/test. Thus as an example, ...

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    For hemolysis, we don't purchase anything.   We pool EDTA whole blood samples, mix them, and centrifuge.  We decant the plasma and wash the RBC's with isotonic saline.  Then we freeze the RBC's to hemolyze them.  We add hemolysate volumetrically to the ...

  • Posted in: Toxicology

    We test for, and routinely see, acetyl fentanyl. We see it with fentanyl most of the time. We see carfentanil from time to time. We also have found a lot of acryl fentanyl, and we have detected furanyl fentanyl. St. Louis area.

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    ​We are currently replacing our 6+ year old Roche c8000 lines.   We must include a 602 on the new lines to continue to offer current Gen of TNT.   We were shocked to find out that Roche did not validate the current gen of TNT.   They only validated 5th ...

  • Posted in: Open Forum

    ​We had a patient with Multiple Myeloma that had very viscous plasma/serum. We contacted Mayo which is our reference lab and were given these instructions. They suggested warming the specimens during clotting and afterward before testing. You can dilute ...