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External quality assurance: extending the boundaries

External quality assurance: extending the boundaries

An impressive 250 delegates gathered at York Racecourse recently for the UK NEQAS General Haematology 18th Annual Participants’ Meeting, Barry Hill was there to report on the highlights.

Measurement of rivaroxaban (Xarelto) in plasma using an automated analyser

In certain circumstances there may be clinical need to assess the plasma DOACs status of a patient. Here, Aine McCormick, Dervilla Gorman and Gary Moore report on an initial retrospective study of automated and manual assays.
A new tool in the clinical management of sepsis

A new tool in the clinical management of sepsis

Sepsis is a common and potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection. Now, a rapid and early screen for bloodstream infections offers a number of benefits, as Charlotte Duncan explains.
Antimicrobial resistance: where are we now?

Antimicrobial resistance: where are we now?

Antimicrobial resistance is regarded as one of the most pressing problems facing 21st-century healthcare, such that it is the focus of The Longitude Prize 2014. Here, Erin Vaughan provides an overview and update.
Anatomical pathology technology: an annual conference report

Anatomical pathology technology: an annual conference report

The 11th Association of Anatomical Pathology Technology annual conference took place in Inverness earlier in the year. This one-day event covered a range of subjects from evisceration and Ebola to DNA fingerprinting and forensic fiction.

Greater confidence in quality control compliance with moving averages

Jonathan Horan looks at how laboratories can move forward to the more comprehensive quality control regime that regulators now demand, and how Beckman Coulter can assist in this process.
Reducing formalin exposure risks in the management of surgical specimens

Reducing formalin exposure risks in the management of surgical specimens

To combat concerns about the dangers posed by the use and transport of formalin solutions, histopathology staff in Sheffield explored an innovative biospecimen transfer system, as Karen Lester explains.
Next-generation innovation in the measurement of thrombin generation

Next-generation innovation in the measurement of thrombin generation

Thrombin is at the heart of haemostasis, the balance between thrombosis and bleeding. Being able to measure thrombin generation accurately can have a fundamental impact on a patient’s treatment plan and survival, as Laurence Loï explains.

Bladder cancer diagnosis:rapid results using POCT

A new approach to point-of-care bladder cancer detection and risk stratification has been introduced to UK urologists, which could provide important diagnostic information to patients in a single visit.
Investment and collaboration mark a new era in transfusion medicine

Investment and collaboration mark a new era in transfusion medicine

With more than 2000 Ortho AutoVue systems in use around the world and the rolling launch of its successor, the Vision analyser, now underway, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics is well established in the transfusion medicine sector.
Free IBMS Congress content with CPD at ICC Birmingham

Free IBMS Congress content with CPD at ICC Birmingham

The New Technologies Showcases and Hall 4 programmes at the IBMS Congress both take place in conjunction with the Exhibition and offer free content that is also CPD credited.
Enhancing productivity and improving service provision in the virology laboratory

Enhancing productivity and improving service provision in the virology laboratory

Following trials of the DxN VERIS Molecular Diagnostics System, a new automated platform for routine viral load assays, Duncan Whittaker describes the workflow and turnaround time improvements achieved and how this might impact on service provision in the future.
Understanding M40-A2: are your swabs compliant with the standard?

Understanding M40-A2: are your swabs compliant with the standard?

The humble swab may receive scant consideration when addressing quality issues related to pre-analytical processing; however, the M40-A2 standard offers a benchmark for performance, as Monika Stuczen explains.
Overcoming point-of-care challenges with an holistic workflow approach

Overcoming point-of-care challenges with an holistic workflow approach

As point-of-care testing becomes ever more prevalent, Afia Boamah takes a look at how NHS trusts can benefit from an integrated ecosystem approach to services undertaken outside the confines of the laboratory.
Integrating clinical and anatomical pathology data: risks and rewards

Integrating clinical and anatomical pathology data: risks and rewards

With laboratory results playing a key role in an estimated 70% of clinical decisions, Janice Caputo looks at a customisable user interface that allows pathologists to determine how much or how little patient information they see in order to arrive at a diagnosis.
Iris: focusing on continunity of service excellence and product innovation

Iris: focusing on continunity of service excellence and product innovation

Pathology in Practice talks to Beckman Coulter’s Ibti Rashid about recent acquisitions and the role of automation in microbiology, with particular focus on the Iris urine testing solution.
Transformation in the laboratory market drives systems innovation

Transformation in the laboratory market drives systems innovation

With the pressure to deliver more test results at lower cost set to intensify, advanced information technology will enable laboratory professionals to be the drivers rather than the victims of change, as Martin Wilkinson explains.
Early sepsis detection: the role of improved procalcitonin testing

Early sepsis detection: the role of improved procalcitonin testing

The early detection of sepsis is vital in order to provide an appropriate patient treatment plan. Here, Wayne Kipp provides an overview of the condition and looks at the merits of the latest procalcitonin assay. www.en.wikipedia.org Jmol Development Team Public domain
Bloodstream infections: rapid species identification is key to effective treatment

Bloodstream infections: rapid species identification is key to effective treatment

For some years bloodstream infections caused by microorganisms have been highly topical, especially in the context of hospital-associated infections. Such infections can be particularly problematic when they progress to sepsis, as Richard Broadhead explains.
Patient-centred laboratory medicine: a conference and user group report

Patient-centred laboratory medicine: a conference and user group report

A recent CliniSys user group meeting and annual conference provided an ideal opportunity to update delegates on a range of cutting-edge developments in areas such as wearable technology, portable learning and the application of social media.

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