Full-court collaboration
in transition to IQCP

With microbiology laboratories likely to feel the effect of the IQCP process more than some other labs, a CAP/ASM/CLSI working group has provided examples as guides. “We felt it was important that the three organizations speak with one voice,” says Dr. Susan Sharp.

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Susan Sharp, PhD

Integrating AP and radiology,
inch by inch

Bruce A. Friedman, MD, active emeritus professor of pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School, is a longtime advocate of the integrated approach to diagnostics, which he believes is essential for the specialties of pathology and radiology to assert their central place within health care organizations and dramatically improve diagnostic efficiency.

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Bruce A. Friedman, MD

Trials show no benefit
from fresher red cells

RECESS and ABLE were well carried-out studies, but they have not answered every question about possible risks created by older RBCs, says Harvey G. Klein, MD, chief of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center’s Department of Transfusion Medicine.

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Harvey G. Klein, MD

Delta checks as safety net:
how used, how useful?

“The goal of this Q-Probes study was to help laboratories look at their delta check practices and use this information for making adjustments—for example, adding or removing analytes, or looking at the maximum number of days used in delta check calculations,” says Ron B. Schifman, MD.

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Ron B. Schifman, MD

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