July 2023

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API's first employee

June 15, 2023
You were hired 30 years ago as the American Proficiency Institute’s first employee! What are some of your favorite projects you have worked on?Thirty years is a long time, so ...
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Diversity, equity, inclusion — Managing and leading today’s diverse laboratory workforce

Laboratory workforce shortages have been a concern for many years. During this COVID era, there has especially been an impactful change as seen in all aspects of healthcare as...
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Precision Medicine

Integrating pharmacogenomics into the standard of care in the United States

June 15, 2023
The practice of pharmacology has been around for thousands of years, starting with Pythagoras’ observations of how fava beans directly impacted the prevalence of hemolytic anemia...
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Lab Safety

Cause Analysis: The 5 whys method

June 15, 2023
Although CLIA includes brief requirements for corrective actions, it does not include a requirement for cause analysis (also referred to root cause analysis). However, a core ...

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Lab analytics: Five ways to grow your lab using real-time data

Under constant pressure to cut costs and perform more efficiently as reimbursements decline, laboratories are often promised that they can stay afloat and even thrive if only ...
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Infectious Disease

Group B streptococcus: Beyond pregnancy and neonatal infections

Streptococcus agalactiae, also known as Group B streptococcus (GBS), is a gram-positive coccus that was first differentiated from other beta-hemolytic streptococcal species by...
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Infectious Disease

Molecular testing ushers in a new era of rapid diagnostics for pharyngitis

June 15, 2023
Acute pharyngitis “sore throat” is an inflammatory condition of the pharynx and/or tonsils commonly observed in both adults and children. Viruses are primarily responsible, but...
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Natriuretic peptides in heart failure

Walking up the stairs had become difficult for Louise, an otherwise healthy, active, and stubborn 85-year-old retired nurse. It was spring, and Louise figured that she was deconditioned...
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Blood-based biomarkers challenge the standard approach for evaluation of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in acute care settings

There are approximately 69 million traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the world every year.1 It is the leading cause of death and long-term disability among all trauma related ...
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Testing for inflammation

To take the test online go HERE. For more information, visit the Continuing Education tab. LEARNING OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this article, the reader will be able to: 1. ...
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Our mental health

June 15, 2023
Mental health is not a common topic for a clinical laboratory magazine. However, I read two reports that I thought would also be interesting to you—particularly in regard to the...