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Book review: ‘Resource of choice’ for quality management in AP

February 2017—“Quality management” is the practice of continually evaluating, identifying, and improving the diagnostic process. It refers not only to retrospective action taken after mistakes have been made but also to evaluating near misses and opportunities for improvement in every facet of practice.

Hemostasis testing guide now out in new edition

June 2016—The older we get, the faster time seems to pass. That’s why 2008 might not feel like all that long ago—until you consider that Obama had yet to take office, Donald Trump’s television appearances were limited largely to The Apprentice, and there was no “like” button on Facebook.

26 ‘hot seat’ cases in new transfusion medicine text

February 2016—Transfusion Medicine in the Hot Seat: A Case-Based Primer is a new book from CAP Press, due to be released next month. The editor, Karen Quillen, MD, MPH, and her five contributors wrote 26 cases grouped into three sections: Antibodies, Blood Components, and Complications.

Liver donor organ evaluation

February 2015—CAP Press’ new Atlas of Transplant Pathology is now out. We spoke with its editors and a contributor last month; this month we bring to you one of its 56 chapters. To order, see next page. Protocols for histologic evaluation of potential donor livers for steatosis and other pathology vary by center.

Transplant pathology atlas practical and to the point

January 2015—If a picture is worth 1,000 words, what are 300 solid-organ transplant biopsy slides worth? Don’t bother doing the math. No matter how you calculate it, the new Atlas of Transplant Pathology—which features more than 300 illustrations and is available this month from CAP Press—represents a wealth of concrete, up-to-date information on the pathologic diagnoses seen in heart, kidney, liver, lung, and pancreas transplants.

Standardization of biospecimen collection using biospecimen kits

December 2014—A widespread concern in the collection of biospecimens is the degree of variation in the collection procedures. Standardization of biospecimen collection kits is an effective way to ensure greater consistency in biospecimen collection. These kits often contain all the materials necessary to properly collect, preserve, and ship biospecimens to the biorepository.

Biorepository book helps programs follow guidelines

December 2014—Securing financial support and setting up a quality management program are two of the biggest challenges to creating a successful biospecimen repository, says Nilsa C. Ramirez, MD, director of the Biopathology Center of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.