Lung guideline goals: more tests, treatment

For lung cancer molecular biomarker testing, cell blocks were recommended over smear preparations in the 2013 guideline. The new guideline says any cytology sample with adequate cellularity and preservation can be tested. “We’re going to see significant patient benefit,” Dr. Dara Aisner says of the change.

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Dr. Dara Aisner

Skirting the pitfalls
of merging lab results

Beverly Rogers, MD, and Alexis B. Carter, MD, at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, where the laboratory formed an “enter/edit” team of three technologists who enter outside results into the EHR all day, with appropriate protocols and quality checks. “Combining different laboratories’ results into the EHR has the potential to present a patient safety risk every day,” Dr. Rogers says.

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Dr. Beverly Rogers (right)
and Dr. Alexis Carter

New contender speeds ID with susceptibility testing

If a seismic shift were to happen in microbiology, the technology behind the Accelerate Pheno system and PhenoTest BC test kit, which won FDA approval last year as a rapid pathogen identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) system for blood cultures, could well be the cause.

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Dr. Romney Humphries

Teaming up: how one site is managing its complex liver cases

It didn’t take long for Heather Stevenson-Lerner, MD, PhD, to grasp one key fact about the liver biopsy cases she was seeing at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston: They were often complicated. UTMB sees plenty of challenging liver cases of its own.

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Dr. Heather Stevenson-Lerner

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