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Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392744/big-differences-in-primary-care-celiac-disease-serological-markers-request-in-spain
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Maria Salinas, Maite López-Garrigós, Emilio Flores, Carlos Leiva-Salinas
INTRODUCTION: Celiac disease (CD) prevalence is increasing but the disorder remains undiagnosed. The study compares CD serology markers requested by General Practitioners (GPs) over time and geographical areas. The aim of the current research is to assess the inter-practice and temporal variability in the request of CD serology markers by GPs in Spain, and the differences between regions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted enrolling Spanish clinical laboratories...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392743/stability-of-plasma-electrolytes-in-barricor-and-pst-ii-tubes-under-different-storage-conditions
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Luis Alfredo Bautista Balbás, Marta Segovia Amaro, Rubén Gómez Rioja, María José Alcaide Martín, Antonio Buńo Soto
INTRODUCTION: Sample stability can be influenced by many different factors; evaporation and leakage from residual cells are the most relevant factors for electrolytes. During the analytical phase, samples are usually kept uncapped at room temperature. Once samples are processed, they are usually stored sealed and refrigerated. Long turnaround time and the possibility of "add-on test" need consideration for electrolyte stability. The aim of our study is to examine short-term electrolyte stability in this two-common laboratory working conditions in two different lithium heparin plasma tubes (Barricor and PST II, Becton Dickinson)...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392742/pneumatic-tube-system-transport-does-not-alter-platelet-function-in-optical-and-whole-blood-aggregometry-prothrombin-time-activated-partial-thromboplastin-time-platelet-count-and-fibrinogen-in-patients-on-anti-platelet-drug-therapy
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Dietmar Enko, Harald Mangge, Andreas Münch, Tobias Niedrist, Elisabeth Mahla, Helfried Metzler, Florian Prüller
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to assess pneumatic tube system (PTS) alteration on platelet function by the light transmission aggregometry (LTA) and whole blood aggregometry (WBA) method, and on the results of platelet count, prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), and fibrinogen. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Venous blood was collected into six 4.5 mL VACUETTE® 9NC coagulation sodium citrate 3.8% tubes (Greiner Bio-One International GmbH, Kremsmünster, Austria) from 49 intensive care unit (ICU) patients on dual anti-platelet therapy and immediately hand carried to the central laboratory...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392741/policies-and-practices-in-haemostasis-testing-among-laboratories-in-croatia-a-survey-on-behalf-of-a-working-group-for-laboratory-coagulation-of-the-croatian-society-of-medical-biochemistry-and-laboratory-medicine
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Ana Bronić, Desiree Coen Herak, Sandra Margetić, Marija Milić
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this survey was to assess current policies and practice in haemostasis testing among both hospital and outpatient laboratories in Republic of Croatia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire with seventy questions divided into nine sections was created in May 2015. Participants were asked about their practice related to test request form, sample collection, prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time assays, other individual haemostasis assays, point-of-care testing (POCT), reporting of coagulation tests results and quality assurance of procedures, the personnel and other laboratory resources, as well as on issues related to education and implementation of additional coagulation assays in their laboratory...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392740/analytical-robustness-of-nine-common-assays-frequency-of-outliers-and-extreme-differences-identified-by-a-large-number-of-duplicate-measurements
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Stefanie Neubig, Anne Grotevendt, Anders Kallner, Matthias Nauck, Astrid Petersmann
INTRODUCTION: Duplicate measurements can be used to describe the performance and analytical robustness of assays and to identify outliers. We performed about 235,000 duplicate measurements of nine routinely measured quantities and evaluated the observed differences between the replicates to develop new markers for analytical performance and robustness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Catalytic activity concentrations of aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and concentrations of calcium, cholesterol, creatinine, C-reactive protein (CRP), lactate, triglycerides and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in 237,261 patient plasma samples were measured in replicates using routine methods...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392739/preanalytical-investigations-of-phlebotomy-methodological-aspects-pitfalls-and-recommendations
#6
REVIEW
Cristiano Ialongo, Sergio Bernardini
Phlebotomy is often addressed as a crucial process in the pre-analytical phase, in which a large part of laboratory errors take place, but to date there is not yet a consolidated methodological paradigm. Seeking literature, we found 36 suitable investigations issued between 1996 and 2016 (April) dealing with the investigation of pre-analytical factors related to phlebotomy. We found that the largest part of studies had a cohort of healthy volunteers (22/36) or outpatients (11/36), with the former group showing a significantly smaller median sample size (N = 20, IQR: 17...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392738/the-role-of-laboratory-testing-in-detection-and-classification-of-chronic-kidney-disease-national-recommendations
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Vanja Radišić Biljak, Lorena Honović, Jasminka Matica, Branka Krešić, Sanela Šimić Vojak
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common clinical condition with significant adverse consequences for the patient and it is recognized as a significant public health problem. The role of laboratory medicine in diagnosis and management of CKD is of great importance: the diagnosis and staging are based on estimation of glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and assessment of albuminuria (or proteinuria). Therefore, the joint working group of the Croatian society of medical biochemistry and laboratory medicine and Croatian chamber of medical biochemists for laboratory diagnostics in CKD issued this national recommendation regarding laboratory diagnostics of CKD...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392737/external-quality-assessment-of-medical-laboratories-in-croatia-preliminary-evaluation-of-post-analytical-laboratory-testing
#8
Jasna Lenicek Krleza, Adrijana Dorotic, Ana Grzunov
INTRODUCTION: Proper standardization of laboratory testing requires assessment of performance after the tests are performed, known as the post-analytical phase. A nationwide external quality assessment (EQA) scheme implemented in Croatia in 2014 includes a questionnaire on post-analytical practices, and the present study examined laboratory responses in order to identify current post-analytical phase practices and identify areas for improvement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In four EQA exercises between September 2014 and December 2015, 145-174 medical laboratories across Croatia were surveyed using the Module 11 questionnaire on the post-analytical phase of testing...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392736/preanalytical-external-quality-assessment-of-the-croatian-society-of-medical-biochemistry-and-laboratory-medicine-and-croqalm-finding-undetected-weak-spots
#9
Nora Nikolac, Jasna Lenicek Krleza, Ana-Maria Simundic
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this paper is to present results of first two years of preanalytical external quality assessment (EQA) in Croatia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This paper summarizes results from 6 rounds of preanalytical EQA during 2014-2016 in 161-175 Croatian laboratories (number ranged between cycles). EQA was designed as an online survey of the compliance with National recommendations for phlebotomy (NRP). Forty-seven questions in 5 categories are analyzed (materials and equipment, patient identification, patient preparation, sampling and storage)...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392735/evaluating-performance-in-sweat-testing-in-medical-biochemistry-laboratories-in-croatia
#10
Merica Aralica, Jasna Lenicek Krleza
INTRODUCTION: Sweat test has a diagnostic role in evaluation of cystic fibrosis. Its performance includes sweat stimulation, collection and analysis. All listed may be sources of inconsistencies in everyday practice. The aim of this study was an evaluation of external quality assessment (EQA) of sweat chloride measurement including sweat test performance in medical biochemistry laboratories in Croatia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: EQA for sweat chloride measurement was provided by Croatian Centre for Quality Assessment in Laboratory Medicine (CROQALM) in five consecutive exercises to medical biochemistry laboratories (MBL) that offered sweat testing...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392734/proficiency-testing-of-maternal-serum-prenatal-screening-in-second-trimester-in-china-2015
#11
Xiaoyan Zhang, Wei Wang, Falin He, Kun Zhong, Shuai Yuan, Zhiguo Wang
INTRODUCTION: Prenatal screening and diagnosis is important for the detection of birth defects and genetic diseases. The nationwide proficiency testing (PT) of maternal serum prenatal screening in second trimester in China has been launched since 2003 and partly reflected the performance of screening laboratories. This study analysed the 2015 PT results to examine the performance of clinical laboratories and different platforms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen lyophilized samples with different concentrations divided into three panels, were distributed to 613 clinical laboratories in 2015...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392733/implementing-a-regional-integrated-laboratory-proficiency-testing-scheme-for-peripheral-health-facilities-in-east-africa
#12
Stephen Munene, Jackson Songok, Dennis Munene, Jane Carter
INTRODUCTION: Regular participation in external quality assessment (EQA) is critical for maintaining laboratory performance and is required for laboratory accreditation. Proficiency testing (PT) is effective for providing EQA, but available schemes rarely address the range of tests performed by peripheral laboratories in resource-limited settings. The East African Regional External Quality Assessment Scheme (EA-REQAS) was established in 2004 to address this need. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Surveys were distributed biannually comprising seven different panel materials and questions addressing laboratory, clinical and public health topics...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392732/external-quality-assessment-in-resource-limited-countries
#13
Jane Y Carter
INTRODUCTION: Health laboratory services are a critical component of national health systems but face major operational challenges in resource-limited (RL) settings. New funding for health systems strengthening in RL countries has increased the demand for diagnostics and provided opportunities to address these constraints. An approach to sustainably strengthen national laboratory systems in sub-Saharan African countries is the Strengthening Laboratory Management Toward Accreditation (SLMTA) programme...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392731/implementation-of-the-external-quality-assessment-program-in-brazil
#14
REVIEW
Marcos Kneip Fleury, Maria Elizabeth Menezes, José Abol Correa
The External Quality Assessment (EQA) in Brazil is performed by the National Health Ministry for diseases that are under supervision of Public Health Department. In addition to the government program, the Brazilian Society of Clinical Analysis and the Brazilian Society of Medical Pathology are allowed to provide their programs under the Supervision of National Agency for Sanitary Surveillance (ANVISA) that regulates laboratories to perform EQA programs.
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392730/external-quality-assessment-in-croatia-problems-challenges-and-specific-circumstances
#15
REVIEW
Jasna Lenicek Krleza, Ivana Celap, Jelena Vlasic Tanaskovic
In Croatian medical laboratories (ML), external quality assessment (EQA) has a long tradition of almost half of a century. At national level, EQA is provided by Croatian Centre for Quality Assessment in Laboratory Medicine (CROQALM) which is a part of Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine.
This case study aimed to summarize the main challenges, which are set to CROQALM and their possible solutions.
CROQALM has 10 schemes, covering majority of analysis for which medical biochemistry laboratories in Croatia are authorized for, including pre-analytical and post-analytical phase of laboratory work...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392729/essential-aspects-of-external-quality-assurance-for-point-of-care-testing
#16
REVIEW
Anne Stavelin, Sverre Sandberg
External quality assurance (EQA) or proficiency testing for point-of-care (POC) testing is in principle similar to EQA for larger hospital laboratories, but the participants are different. The participants are usually health care personnel with little or no knowledge of laboratory medicine. The implication of this is that the EQA provider has to a) convince the participants that participation in EQA schemes are important, b) be able to circulate materials with reasonable time intervals, c) produce feedback reports that are understandable, and d) offer help and guidance to the participants when needed...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392728/external-quality-assessment-beyond-the-analytical-phase-an-australian-perspective
#17
REVIEW
Tony Badrick, Stephanie Gay, Euan J McCaughey, Andrew Georgiou
External Quality Assessment (EQA) is the verification, on a recurring basis, that laboratory results conform to expectations for the quality required for patient care. It is now widely recognised that both the pre- and post-laboratory phase of testing, termed the diagnostic phases, are a significant source of laboratory errors. These errors have a direct impact on both the effectiveness of the laboratory and patient safety. Despite this, Australian laboratories tend to be focussed on very narrow concepts of EQA, primarily surrounding test accuracy, with little in the way of EQA programs for the diagnostic phases...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392727/survey-material-choices-in-haematology-eqa-a-confounding-factor-in-automated-counting-performance-assessment
#18
REVIEW
Barbara De la Salle
The complete blood count (CBC) is one of the most frequently requested tests in laboratory medicine, performed in a range of healthcare situations. The provision of an ideal assay material for external quality assessment is confounded by the fragility of the cellular components of blood, the lack of commutability of stabilised whole blood material and the lack of certified reference materials and methods to which CBC results can be traced. The choice of assay material between fresh blood, extended life assay material and fully stabilised, commercially prepared, whole blood material depends upon the scope and objectives of the EQA scheme...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392726/interpretation-of-eqa-results-and-eqa-based-trouble-shooting
#19
REVIEW
Gunn Berit Berge Kristensen, Piet Meijer
Important objectives of External Quality Assessment (EQA) is to detect analytical errors and make corrective actions. The aim of this paper is to describe knowledge required to interpret EQA results and present a structured approach on how to handle deviating EQA results. The value of EQA and how the EQA result should be interpreted depends on five key points: the control material, the target value, the number of replicates, the acceptance limits and between lot variations in reagents used in measurement procedures...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392725/demystifying-eqa-statistics-and-reports
#20
REVIEW
Wim Coucke, Mohamed Rida Soumali
Reports act as an important feedback tool in External Quality Assessment (EQA). Their main role is to score laboratories for their performance in an EQA round. The most common scores that apply to quantitative data are Q- and Z-scores. To calculate these scores, EQA providers need to have an assigned value and standard deviation for the sample. Both assigned values and standard deviations can be derived chemically or statistically. When derived statistically, different anomalies against the normal distribution of the data have to be handled...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
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