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Clinical Chemistry: Diagnostic Standards of Care
     

Clinical Chemistry: Diagnostic Standards of Care

by James Nichols, Carol Rauch, Michael Laposata (Editor)
 

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As with other volumes in the Diagnostic Standards of Care series, Clinical Chemistry focuses specifically on understanding potential problems and sources of error in management of the clinical chemistry testing procedures, how to anticipate and avoid such problems, and how to manage them if they occur. The discussions are concise, practical, specific, and

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As with other volumes in the Diagnostic Standards of Care series, Clinical Chemistry focuses specifically on understanding potential problems and sources of error in management of the clinical chemistry testing procedures, how to anticipate and avoid such problems, and how to manage them if they occur. The discussions are concise, practical, specific, and problem-based so the book directly addresses the situations and issues faced by the clinical pathologist or other manager or staff member of the chemistry team. Discussion of each problem is augmented by a case discussion giving a real-world example of how the issue can occur and how it can be effectively dealt with by the manager. The goal is to support the pathologist, manager or technologist in providing the highest possible quality of care and effective, timely consultation to the clinical staff.

Clinical Chemistry: Diagnostic Standards of Care features:

  • Comprehensive coverage of key issues in achieving quality in all areas of clinical chemistry
  • Includes chapters dedicated to point of care testing, pediatric testing, laboratory information systems and EHR integration, and outreach testing
  • Numerous case examples and discussions give real-world illustrations of how problems occur and how to avoid them
  • Coverage includes perspectives from the lab manager's and administrator's view
  • An emphasis on identifying established, evidence-based standards in clinical chemistry
  • Examples of errors which compromise patient safety across all major areas of clinical chemistry
  • Pocket-sized for portability
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: A volume in the Diagnostic Standards of Care series, this book focuses on clinical chemistry. Previous volumes have focused on coagulation, transfusion medicine, laboratory management, and clinical microbiology.
Purpose: The purpose of this book (and series) is to learn from errors, in particular how to avoid similar situations in the future. These are very worthy objectives for this series, once again well met by this book.
Audience: The book is written for anyone interested in learning from prior errors in laboratory medicine, with a particular focus on the clinical chemistry laboratory. This includes (by definition) all pathology and/or laboratory medicine students or practitioners. Nurses, physicians reliant on laboratory results in their daily practice, other allied health practitioners, and information systems analysts would also be interested.
Features: I must admit to great enjoyment each time I receive a new book in this series. This book upholds the strong quality and standards of previous volumes. While there is a focus on clinical chemistry, the discussion of pre- and post-analytical errors is applicable to any section of the laboratory. I love the format — punchy, to the point, emphatic, no frills, just the facts. The style is standardized in all the books: each chapter has multiple concise pithy examples of "case with error," followed by "explanation and consequences" and ending with author commentary. The chapter on laboratory information systems (LIS) was informative. Who would have thought "too big" would be the default display in the electronic medical record because the lab result exceeded the number of allowable digits? Or would know about the LIS problems with generating two original lab reports for two different physicians since the LIS is configured to designate only one person as the primary care provider? Since this is focused on clinical chemistry, there is the expected wealth of errors which have (and can still) occur in this technical specialty area. Overall, this is another superb contribution to this series. And it's so small and riveting/engaging you can (and will) read it in one sitting (because you can't put it down).
Assessment: This packs a wallop of helpful information. Get it. Learn from the errors of others without having to directly suffer the consequences yourself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620700303
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Series:
Diagnostic Standards of Care
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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PhD, DABCC, FACB, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Medical Director of Clinical Chemistry;

MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Associate Medical Director of Clinical Laboratories and Associate Medical Director of Vanderbilt Pathology Laboratory Services, both of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

MD, PhD, Professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pathology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Pathologist in Chief, Vanderbilt University Hospital

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