Painstaking process
of drug monitoring

For pain management drug testing, the menu will consist of the drugs detected in chronic pain patients on opioid therapy and vary with prevalence and clinic or practice group, says Dr. Tai Kwong, with Barbara Meiklejohn, chief supervisor of the hematology/chemistry laboratory.

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Dr. Tai Kwong and Barbara Meiklejohn

Missed UTIs?
‘Enhanced cultures’ suggest so

The notion that urine, indeed the entire bladder, is sterile is one medical students are still taught and “it’s a pretty deeply entrenched dogma,” says Linda Brubaker, MD, a urogynecologist and professor of obstetrics and gynecology and urology at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

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Dr. Linda Brubaker

New tests, technologies at center of
2016 CAP checklist revamp

For an intriguing window into laboratory medicine and how it’s changing, you might take a look at the revisions in the 2016 edition of the Laboratory Accreditation Program checklists, released in August.
   “Just in the past few years, there’s been an explosion in the ways that pathologists and laboratory folks are using new technologies to serve patients in familiar ways,” says Gerald Hoeltge, MD, checklist commissioner and member of the CAP Council on Laboratory Accreditation.

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Dr. Gerald Hoeltge

Not fit to test: battling high hemolysis rates in the ED

Dr. Ed Reineks (left) and Dr. Michael Phelan at the Cleveland Clinic, where switching to smaller-volume collection tubes was the intervention with the biggest impact on the hemolysis rate in the emergency department. The switch did require the laboratory to make adjustments, says Dr. Reineks.

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Dr. Ed Reineks (left) and Dr. Michael Phelan

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