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Inappropriate lab testing

Glennah Kerubo, Evans Amukoye, Stefan Niemann, Samuel Kariuki
BACKGROUND: Anti-tuberculosis drug resistance is an emerging health problem in Kenya and especially in slums. Slum environments create a conducive environment for the spread of tuberculosis (TB) due to high population density and lack of basic amenities such as decent housing, access to clean water, lack of drainage and basic sanitation. Furthermore, ineffective health services in crowded and poorer populations, poor patient compliance, a large pool of untreated cases, delayed diagnosis and inappropriate treatment regimens are likely to favour selection and spread of drug resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) strains in such settings, however, precise data on this problem are only sparsely available...
October 19, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Mario Plebani
A body of evidence collected in the last few decades demonstrates that the pre- and post-analytical phases of the testing cycle are more error-prone than the analytical phase. However, the paradigm of errors and quality in laboratory medicine has been questioned, analytical mistakes continuing to be a major cause of adverse clinical outcomes and patient harm. Although the brain-to-brain concept is widely recognized in the community of laboratory professionals, there is lack of clarity concerning the inter-relationship between the different phases of the cycle, interdependence between the pre-analytical phase and analytical quality, and the effect of the post-analytical steps on the quality of ultimate laboratory information...
October 12, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Martin Dawes, Martin N Aloise, J Sidney Ang, Pieter Cullis, Diana Dawes, Robert Fraser, Gideon Liknaitzky, Andrea Paterson, Paul Stanley, Adriana Suarez-Gonzalez, Hagit Katzov-Eckert
BACKGROUND: Inappropriate prescribing increases patient illness and death owing to adverse drug events. The inclusion of genetic information into primary care medication practices is one solution. Our aim was to assess the ability to obtain and genotype saliva samples and to determine the levels of use of a decision support tool that creates medication options adjusted for patient characteristics, drug-drug interactions and pharmacogenetics. METHODS: We conducted a cohort study in 6 primary care settings (5 family practices and 1 pharmacy), enrolling 191 adults with at least 1 of 10 common diseases...
July 2016: CMAJ Open
Tom Blakeman, Kathryn Griffith, Dan Lasserson, Berenice Lopez, Jung Y Tsang, Stephen Campbell, Charles Tomson
OBJECTIVES: Tackling the harm associated with acute kidney injury (AKI) is a global priority. In England, a national computerised AKI algorithm is being introduced across the National Health Service (NHS) to drive this change. The study sought to maximise its clinical utility and minimise the potential for burden on clinicians and patients in primary care. DESIGN: An appropriateness ratings evaluation using the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method. SETTING: Clinical scenarios were developed to test the timeliness in (1) communication of AKI warning stage test results from clinical pathology services to primary care, and (2) primary care clinician response to an AKI warning stage test result...
October 11, 2016: BMJ Open
Cem Ozgonul, Cagri Giray Besirli
Ocular toxoplasmosis, a chorioretinal infection with Toxoplasma gondii, is the most common etiology of posterior uveitis in many countries. Accurate diagnosis depends heavily on the characteristic clinical features of this disease, but atypical presentations, especially in immunocompromised patients, may create diagnostic challenges and lead to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment. Molecular biology techniques to diagnose ocular toxoplasmosis have been available for many years and are now accessible as standard laboratory tests in many countries...
October 11, 2016: Ophthalmic Research
Jung-Hyun Byun, In-Seok Jang, Jong Woo Kim, Eun-Ha Koh
BACKGROUND: Unfractionated heparin (UFH) has unstable pharmacokinetics and requires close monitoring. The activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) test has been used to monitor UFH therapy for decades in Korea, but its results can be affected by numerous variables. We established an aPTT heparin therapeutic range (HTR) corresponding to therapeutic anti-Xa levels for continuous intravenous UFH administration, and used appropriate monitoring to determine if an adequate dose of UFH was applied...
September 2016: Blood Research
D A Schmerler, A J Espay
Although currently lacking a sensitive and specific electrophysiologic battery test, functional (psychogenic) dystonia can sometimes be diagnosed with clinically definite certainty using available criteria. Certain regional phenotypes have been recognized as distinctive, such as unilateral lip and jaw deviation, laterocollis with ipsilateral shoulder elevation and contralateral shoulder depression, fixed wrist and finger flexion with relative sparing of the thumb and index fingers, and fixed foot plantar flexion and inversion...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
G Cellarier, J Bordes, T De Greslan, L Karkowski, N Gagnon, M Billhot, J-M Cournac, C Rousseau, C Mac Nab, P Dubrous
BACKGROUND: As part of French assistance for the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in west Africa, a military treatment center for infected healthcare workers was deployed in Conakry, Guinea. Although some cases of bradycardia have been reported since the first Ebola outbreak, they have never been documented to our knowledge. We studied heart rhythm in patients with Ebola virus disease to analyze inappropriate bradycardia and discuss its mechanism. METHODS: Nine patients who tested positive for Ebola were admitted in March 2015...
August 1, 2016: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
E Rasheed, P Mayne
Transient hyperphosphatasaemia of infancy (THI) is a benign condition characterised by a rapid rise and fall in plasma alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity without biochemical or clinical evidence of underlying bone or liver disease. It is most often identified incidentally during routine blood testing; hence it is important to recognise this phenomenon in order to avoid unnecessary investigations and inappropriate referrals. This review has provided some useful insight into the characteristics associated with the THI and the routine clinical practice when isolated elevation of plasma ALP is found in patients at two sites in Republic of Ireland...
2016: Irish Medical Journal
Kiyoshi Ichihara, Yesim Ozarda, Julian H Barth, George Klee, Ling Qiu, Rajiv Erasmus, Anwar Borai, Svetlana Evgina, Tester Ashavaid, Dilshad Khan, Laura Schreier, Reynan Rolle, Yoshihisa Shimizu, Shogo Kimura, Reo Kawano, David Armbruster, Kazuo Mori, Binod K Yadav
OBJECTIVES: The IFCC Committee on Reference Intervals and Decision Limits coordinated a global multicenter study on reference values (RVs) to explore rational and harmonizable procedures for derivation of reference intervals (RIs) and investigate the feasibility of sharing RIs through evaluation of sources of variation of RVs on a global scale. METHODS: For the common protocol, rather lenient criteria for reference individuals were adopted to facilitate harmonized recruitment with planned use of the latent abnormal values exclusion (LAVE) method...
September 22, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Sean G Kelly, Michael Yarrington, Teresa R Zembower, Sarah H Sutton, Christina Silkaitis, Michael Postelnick, Anessa Mikolajczak, Maureen K Bolon
BACKGROUND The nationally reported metric for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) relies solely on laboratory testing, which can result in overreporting due to asymptomatic C. difficile colonization. OBJECTIVE To review the clinical scenarios of cases of healthcare facility-onset CDI (HO-CDI) and to determine the appropriateness of C. difficile testing on the basis of presence of symptomatic diarrhea in order to identify areas for improvement. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING Northwestern Memorial Hospital, a large, tertiary academic hospital in Chicago, Illinois...
September 26, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Maria Salinas, Maite López-Garrigós, Emilio Flores, Maria Leiva-Salinas, Alberto Asencio, Javier Lugo, Carlos Leiva-Salinas
OBJECTIVES: The main objectives of this study were to show a simple approach to detect inappropriate requests of laboratory tests and to monitor success after establishing interventions. These objectives were monitored through process and outcome indicators customized according to the type and phase of the appropriateness strategy. STUDY DESIGN: Quasi-experimental design. METHODS: Based on evidence regarding laboratory test utilization differences among different geographical areas of Spain, we identified serum calcium (s-Ca) testing to be underrequested and total bilirubin (tBil) testing to be overrequested in primary care patients who undergo testing at the Public University Hospital of San Juan, in San Juan de Alicante, Alicante, Spain...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Managed Care
David Krahulik, Darina Aleksijevic, Vratislav Smolka, Eva Klaskova, Petra Venhacova, Miroslav Vaverka, Vladimir Mihal, Jirina Zapletalova
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Retrospective studies of TBI have found a neuroendocrine dysfunction following traumatic brain injury in 23 to 60% of adults and 15 to 21% of children. Our aims were to determine the prevalence of hypothalamo-hypophyseal dysfunction in children following brain injury, assess its relationship to the type of injury and the course of the acute post-traumatic phase. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Body development (growth, pubertal development, and skeletal maturity) were evaluated in 58 patients (21 girls) after a brain injury rated 3 to 12 on the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)...
September 19, 2016: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
Gurmit Gill, Hammad Bajwa, Peter Strouhal, Harit N Buch
BACKGROUND: Interferon alpha is a widely used therapeutic agent in the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection. Clinical thyroid disease is seen in nearly 15 % of patients receiving interferon alpha for hepatitis C virus infection. The mechanism of thyroid dysfunction with interferon alpha is either autoimmune or inflammatory. We report a case of young woman who developed biphasic thyroid dysfunction posing a diagnostic challenge, while receiving interferon alpha treatment for hepatitis C virus infection...
2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Judith Balmaña, Laura Digiovanni, Pragna Gaddam, Michael F Walsh, Vijai Joseph, Zsofia K Stadler, Katherine L Nathanson, Judy E Garber, Fergus J Couch, Kenneth Offit, Mark E Robson, Susan M Domchek
PURPOSE: Massively parallel sequencing allows simultaneous testing of multiple genes associated with cancer susceptibility. Guidelines are available for variant classification; however, interpretation of these guidelines by laboratories and providers may differ and lead to conflicting reporting and, potentially, to inappropriate medical management. We describe conflicting variant interpretations between Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments-approved commercial clinical laboratories, as reported to the Prospective Registry of Multiplex Testing (PROMPT), an online genetic registry...
September 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
Dorothy M Adcock, Emmanuel J Favaloro, Giuseppe Lippi
The total testing process comprises a number of phases of laboratory testing, which can be broadly considered as comprising pre-examination, examination and post-examination activities. Although each phase is crucial to providing accurate and meaningful laboratory results, the pre-examination phase of testing is where most laboratory errors currently occur, and thus requires special attention. The activities in this phase include sample collection, handling, transportation, processing and storage, which are frequently outside the control of the laboratory performing the tests...
September 7, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Helen M Nabwera, Greg Fegan, Jay Shavadia, Douglas Denje, Kishor Mandaliya, Imelda Bates, Kathryn Maitland, Oliver W Hassall
BACKGROUND: Severe anemia in children is a major public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa. In this study we describe clinical and operational aspects of blood transfusion in children admitted to Coast Provincial General Hospital, Kenya. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: This was an observational study where over a 2-year period, demographic and laboratory data were collected on all children for whom the hospital blood bank received a transfusion request. Clinical data were obtained by retrospective review of case notes over the first year...
September 9, 2016: Transfusion
Zlata Flegar-Meštrić, Sonja Perkov, Andrea Radeljak, Mirjana Marijana Kardum Paro, Ingrid Prkačin, Ana Devčić-Jeras
BACKGROUND: Improving quality and patient safety in the medical biochemistry laboratory accredited according to the International Standard Organization (ISO 15189:2012) requires the patient-centered evaluation of errors based on the implementation of quality indicators (QIs) across the total testing process. Our main goal was to achieve quality improvement of the preanalytical process in an emergency laboratory which had the highest error rate using risk management principles. METHODS: Failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA) was applied to analyze predefined preanalytical QIs and score laboratory failures for the failure demerit value (FDV), probability of failure (PF) and probability of failure remedy (PFR)...
August 31, 2016: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
Sabine Dittrich, Birkneh Tilahun Tadesse, Francis Moussy, Arlene Chua, Anna Zorzet, Thomas Tängdén, David L Dolinger, Anne-Laure Page, John A Crump, Valerie D'Acremont, Quique Bassat, Yoel Lubell, Paul N Newton, Norbert Heinrich, Timothy J Rodwell, Iveth J González
Acute fever is one of the most common presenting symptoms globally. In order to reduce the empiric use of antimicrobial drugs and improve outcomes, it is essential to improve diagnostic capabilities. In the absence of microbiology facilities in low-income settings, an assay to distinguish bacterial from non-bacterial causes would be a critical first step. To ensure that patient and market needs are met, the requirements of such a test should be specified in a target product profile (TPP). To identify minimal/optimal characteristics for a bacterial vs...
2016: PloS One
Chun-Han Lo, Ding-Ping Sun
UNLABELLED: Insulinomas are the most common cause of hypoglycemia resulting from endogenous hyperinsulinism. Traditionally, inappropriately elevated levels of insulin in the face of hypoglycemia are the key to diagnosis. However, contradictory levels of insulin and C-peptide do not necessarily exclude the diagnosis. A 50-year-old female was brought to our emergency department because of conscious disturbance on the previous night. She had no history of diabetes mellitus, and was not using any medications or alcohol...
2016: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
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