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Benefits of standalone air filtration systems
Creating a safe and healthy environment is important. Here, Christopher Osborne from Commercial Air Filtration provides industry-specific insights into the importance of managing the air quality in the laboratory.
Diagnostics at your side: laboratory-equivalent analyses from a single sample
AgPlus Diagnostics unveils the first working prototype of its new handheld system for rapid, on-the-spot diagnostic results.
Access all areas: the Congress experience
The next Biomedical Science Congress is now less than six months away. More than just a scientific meeting, this complete professional experience can be tailored to the individual needs of all who work in biomedical science.
Immunodiagnostics: a quarter of a century of Italian influence
A flavour of Italy arrived in Kent recently when DiaSorin celebrated 25 years in the UK and hosted a conference for its existing and prospective customers. Steven Burton reports.
Erythrocyte sedimentation rate: old test, new machine
The ESR is a common test performed in very many haematology laboratories around the world. Often still performed manually, it has benefited from increasingly sophisticated automation over the past quarter of a century, as Peter Hooper explains.
Researching patient hypoxia through high-altitude exposure
Point-of-care blood gas analysis is set to return to the Himalayas and the world’s highest peak as Xtreme Everest continues its research into intensive care. (Image: Xtreme Everest)
Accelerating patient care decision-making at the point of care
Advanced handheld blood analysis systems can now deliver laboratory-quality results in the hospital, doctor’s surgery or other care setting.
Reconfiguration of pathology: in the vanguard of NHS change
The focus on an end-to-end service in pathology was an important aspect of Lord Carter’s report on the service in England. Progress to date was under the spotlight recently during a debate held at the BMA in London.
Making sense of big data: studying leukaemia in the USA and Sweden
The use of genomic analysis in the study of disease is now commonplace, but the vast quantity of data produced can be daunting. Here, Dr Anna Andersson explains why she relies on visualisation tools. (Image: NCI-Dr Lance Liotta Laboratory)
Implementation of a bespoke sample sorter in haematology
Automated sample sorting can have a significant impact on a laboratory’s Lean credentials, as Elizabeth Kelsey and Wendy Leversuch explain.
Using information technology to improve in-patient diabetes care at the Royal Free Hospital
The latest IT equipment from Roche is helping one London hospital to make the best use of point-of-care glucose testing and provide improved care for its diabetic patients.
Masters of quality: general haematology meeting
Some 200 delegates gathered at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, for last year’s UK NEQAS General Haematology participants’ meeting. Barry Hill reports on the highlights.
Interaction, exhibition and reflection: the biennial Congress experience
The Biomedical Science Congress is now less than 10 months away. More than just a scientific meeting, this complete experience demonstrates the vital importance of the close relationship between the commercial sector and the profession it supports.
Innovative training programme for prostate cancer scientists
A European programme to enhance the training of young researchers working on prostate cancer concluded next year. Its priority is a focus on clinical application, as Jennie Wilde explains.
HemaLink: supporting data management in haematology
Modern laboratory medicine relies heavily on automation and sophisticated data analysis. Here, Wendy Leversuch and Stephen Knight examine a system that supports cutting-edge haematology.
Derby Hospitals adopt Department of Health’s Pathology Programme
The past few years have seen unprecedented change in the way pathology services are delivered, and nowhere is this more apparent than in histopathology. Now, cutting-edge processing technology is helping laboratories meet Department of health targets.
Down’s syndrome: meeting demands for first-trimester pregnancy screening
Screening for Down’s syndrome is an important part of antenatal care, and ideally should be undertaken within the first three months of the pregnancy. Assay combinations now offer a means to achieve this aim.
Methotrexate assay update: an assessment from Southampton General Hospital
Methotrexate, a toxic chemotherapeutic agent used to treat various conditions, requires close laboratory monitoring. Here, Rick Allan and Kevin Sensier describe their evaluation of two assays.
Coagulation testing: the view from Glan Clywd
Much has changed in coagulation testing over the past several decades but the partnership that has developed between Glan Clywd Hospital in North Wales and Sysmex continues provide satisfaction.
Driving pathology efficiency: service configuration and point-of-care testing
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics recently held two user meetings, one to consider the latest in pathology service configuration efficiency, and the other to address the latest developments in point-of-care testing
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