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  • Economic evaluation of pro-calcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy in acute respiratory infections
    million member cohort comprising inpatients intensive care units ICU and outpatients resulted in net one year savings of nearly 700 000 to the integrated delivery network 73 326 in the ICU and 5 329 824 in outpatient settings Extrapolating to the entire US insured population pro calcitonin guided care would result in 1 6 billion in savings annually These cost benefit data exemplify eloquently the added value of laboratory medicine to patient care and to healthcare networks Pro calcitonin guided antibiotic therapy of the acute respiratory tract results in net one year savings of nearly 700 000 to the integrated delivery network 73 326 in the ICU and 5 329 824 in outpatient settings 1 Schuetz P Balk R Briel M Kutz A Christ Crain M Stolz D et al Economic evaluation of procalcitonin guided antibiotic therapy in acute respiratory infections a US health system perspective Clin Chem Lab Med 2015 53 4 583 92 DOI 10 1515 cclm 2014 1015 Corresponding author Dr John Schneider at john schneider avalonecon com Edgard Delvin PhD Edgard Delvin PhD is the Clinical Editor for LabsAreVital and a Researcher CHU Sainte Justine Research Centre Montreal Canada Please register to comment Updates via Most

    Original URL path: http://www.labsarevital.de/resources/labsarevital/labs-are-vital/2015/03/13/economic-evaluation-of-pro-calcitonin-guided-antibiotic-therapy-in-acute-respiratory-infections (2016-04-30)
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  • Microbiology! Because What You Don’t Know Will Kill You
    culture at one health center while the DNA from the swab is extracted and tested for respiratory viruses at the other center A long incubation is needed to demonstrate growth of influenza on the first twin resulting in a delay in his treatment this boy dies from the infection The molecular diagnosis produces a positive result within a few hours resulting in direct treatment this twin survives This story illustrates how the implementation of technology from the clinical laboratory can affect medical outcomes The microbiology laboratory is responsible for testing biological fluids and tissues for the presence of bacteria viruses parasites and other potentially infectious agents The book Microbiology Because What You Don t Know Will Kill You is a sequel to Dr Wu s other two books on toxicology and clinical chemistry Readers will gain an understanding of how people get infections and the role of the clinical microbiology lab in establishing diagnoses and assisting in treatment decisions Alan H B Wu Ph D Alan H B Wu Ph D is Director Clinical Chemistry Laboratory San Francisco General Hospital Professor Laboratory Medicine University of California San Francisco He has over 30 years of experience working in a hospital based

    Original URL path: http://www.labsarevital.de/resources/labsarevital/labs-are-vital/2015/01/28/microbiology!-because-what-you-don-t-know-will-kill-you (2016-04-30)
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  • Exome and genome sequencing for diagnosis of paediatric neurodevelopmental disorders
    s Mercy Kansas City MO genomic sequencing diagnostic program Eighty five of these were families of ambulatory care clinic patients the remaining 15 were families of critically ill patients enrolled from the hospital s neonatal or paediatric intensive care units NDDs affect more than 3 of children with diagnoses such as intellectual disability global developmental delay and autism At the present time determining the cause of NDDs often involves lengthy and costly diagnostic testing up to 55 000 US without yielding a definitive diagnosis Based on their results the researchers concluded that sequencing of the genomes and or exomes of parental child trios should be part of the early NDD diagnostic work up and that rapid sequencing should be extended to critically ill infants and children 1 Soden S Saunders CJ Willig LK Farrow EG Smith LD Petrikin JE et al Effectiveness of exome and genome sequencing guided by acuity of illness for diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders Sci Transl Med 2014 6 265 265ra168 Doi 10 1126 scitranslmed 3010076 http ees elsevier com clb default asp Edgard Delvin PhD Edgard Delvin PhD is the Clinical Editor for LabsAreVital and a Researcher CHU Sainte Justine Research Centre Montreal Canada Please register

    Original URL path: http://www.labsarevital.de/resources/labsarevital/labs-are-vital/2015/01/20/exome-and-genome-sequencing-for-diagnosis-of-paediatric-neurodevelopmental-disorders (2016-04-30)
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  • World AIDS Day 2014: “Give a Minute” Campaign
    raise awareness for HIV testing and the lab Replace your Facebook Twitter or LinkedIn profile picture with the Give a Minute Get tested Find a cure icon see below to spread the word about the importance of HIV testing and to highlight the vital role of pathologists and laboratory professionals who provide patients with testing and treatment It takes under one minute to be tested for HIV after patient information is verified and that minute could be vital to HIV treatment Give a Minute Facebook cover photo Give a Minute Facebook profile photo Give a Minute Twitter or LinkedIn profile photo You can also raise awareness of the need for HIV testing by sharing the Give a Minute infographic Check out the infographic below to learn more or download it here Have you been involved in HIV testing or other efforts to identify and prevent HIV or AIDS Has laboratory HIV testing benefited you or someone you love Share your stories here Please register to comment Updates via Most Active Members Partners Founding Sponsor Resources Categories Strengthen Your Lab Build Lab Awareness Upcoming Events Tweets by LabsAreVital Media Partner Updates via Copyright 2014 Labs Are Vital All rights reserved Contact

    Original URL path: http://www.labsarevital.de/resources/labsarevital/labs-are-vital/2014/12/01/world-aids-day-2014-give-a-minute-campaign (2016-04-30)
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  • Labs Are Vital Celebrates International Pathology Day
    logo for the day Download the logo here Then take a look at how some of your colleagues are celebrating by viewing the winning photos in our International Pathology Day Labs4Life Photo Contest Learn more about International Pathology Day and the importance of pathology and laboratory medicine by taking a look at this factsheet How are you celebrating International Pathology Day Share your comments here Please register to comment Updates

    Original URL path: http://www.labsarevital.de/resources/labsarevital/labs-are-vital/2014/11/04/labs-are-vital-celebrates-international-pathology-day (2016-04-30)
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  • Get ready for the first annual International Pathology Day
    by participating in one of the many contests created as a part of the celebration The Royal College of Pathologists has launched two competitions the Pathology Portraits Image Competition and the Why Pathology Matters Twitter Competition The Pathology Portraits contest asks pathologists and laboratory professionals to submit pictures of themselves or their colleagues working for the benefit of patients The Why Pathology Matters Twitter Competition asks participants to send in 140 character tweets containing pathmatters that show why pathology is important The contests close on Oct 19 so head over to the contest website for more details on the competitions and prizes Pathologists and laboratory professionals can also celebrate International Pathology Day by participating in Labs Are Vital s own contest the 2014 Labs4Life Photo Contest Participants in this contest can showcase the vital role of the profession around the globe by submitting photos holding a sign saying Labs4Life at local or national landmarks around the world Winners will receive 1000 U S dollars to spend on a scientific meeting or conference of their choice Learn more about this contest here Get more details on International Pathology Day and related events at ilovepathology org Please register to comment Updates via

    Original URL path: http://www.labsarevital.de/resources/labsarevital/labs-are-vital/2014/10/13/get-ready-for-the-first-annual-international-pathology-day (2016-04-30)
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  • Celebrate International Pathology Day with the Labs4Life Photo Contest
    regions Eurasia Asia the Middle East and Australia Europe and Africa and the Americas Participants will also be able to vote for the most creative photos throughout the contest and a first place winner from each region will be chosen Winners will be announced on International Pathology Day and will receive 1000 U S dollars to spend on a scientific meeting or conference of their choice To enter or get

    Original URL path: http://www.labsarevital.de/resources/labsarevital/labs-are-vital/2014/10/10/celebrate-international-pathology-day-with-the-labs4life-photo-contest (2016-04-30)
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  • Community Experience
    Evidence of Clinical Value Edgard Delvin PhD Drive for Innovation and Smarter Diagnostics Community Experience Title Remove ClickToAddCategories Change Disease State Management Patient Pathways Evidence of Clinical Value Community Experience Ensuring Patient Safety Joel Shilling MD FASCP Barbara S Caldwell MS MLS ASCP CM SH Evelyn T Bruner MD Drive for Innovation and Smarter Diagnostics Work Culture and Career Choices Controversies in Laboratory Medicine Henry Travers MD Edgard Delvin PhD Build Lab Awareness Strengthen Your Lab Done Full story World AIDS Day 2014 Give a Minute Campaign Dec 01 2014 Community Experience Title Remove ClickToAddCategories Change Disease State Management Patient Pathways Evidence of Clinical Value Community Experience Ensuring Patient Safety Joel Shilling MD FASCP Barbara S Caldwell MS MLS ASCP CM SH Evelyn T Bruner MD Drive for Innovation and Smarter Diagnostics Work Culture and Career Choices Controversies in Laboratory Medicine Henry Travers MD Edgard Delvin PhD Build Lab Awareness Strengthen Your Lab Done Full story Labs Are Vital Celebrates International Pathology Day Nov 04 2014 Community Experience Title Remove ClickToAddCategories Change Disease State Management Patient Pathways Evidence of Clinical Value Community Experience Ensuring Patient Safety Joel Shilling MD FASCP Barbara S Caldwell MS MLS ASCP CM SH Evelyn T Bruner MD Drive for Innovation and Smarter Diagnostics Work Culture and Career Choices Controversies in Laboratory Medicine Henry Travers MD Edgard Delvin PhD Build Lab Awareness Strengthen Your Lab Done Full story Get ready for the first annual International Pathology Day Oct 13 2014 Community Experience Title Remove ClickToAddCategories Change Disease State Management Patient Pathways Evidence of Clinical Value Community Experience Ensuring Patient Safety Joel Shilling MD FASCP Barbara S Caldwell MS MLS ASCP CM SH Evelyn T Bruner MD Drive for Innovation and Smarter Diagnostics Work Culture and Career Choices Controversies in Laboratory Medicine Henry Travers MD Edgard Delvin

    Original URL path: http://www.labsarevital.de/resources/community-experience (2016-04-30)
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