POC Susceptibility Testing No Aid for Antibiotic Prescribing with UTI

Adding point-of-care (POC) susceptibility testing to POC culture does not improve appropriateness of antibiotic prescribing for patients with suspected, uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI) in … [Read more...]


Teaching Hospitals Consistently Order More Lab Tests Per Patient

A new study validates the long-held assumption that intensity of care is consistently higher at teaching hospitals, compared to nonteaching hospitals. Patients in Texas admitted to major teaching … [Read more...]


FDA Warns About Biotin Interference With Lab Tests

In late November the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication warning that the supplement biotin (Vitamin B7) may interfere with laboratory testing results. The warning comes … [Read more...]


Pediatric Offices Fail to Act on 1 in 10 Abnormal Test Results

Diagnostic errors (DEs) and missed opportunity for diagnosis (MOD), including the failure to act on abnormal laboratory test results in a timely manner, commonly occur in pediatric primary care … [Read more...]


Foster Kids’ Standard Screenings Tests May Be of Low Value

Routine laboratory screening for children entering foster care may be costly given the low diagnostic yield, according to a study published in the December issue of Pediatrics. The authors suggest … [Read more...]


AMP Issues Consensus Guidelines for NGS Bioinformatics Pipelines

The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) published 17 consensus recommendations for the validation of clinical next-generation sequencing bioinformatics pipelines. The report, "Standards and … [Read more...]


New Evidence Suggests Frequent Lipid Monitoring May be Unnecessary

Most routine testing for monitoring of lipid profiles does not result in a change in therapy, according to a research letter published in the October issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. This finding, … [Read more...]


Federal Guidelines for Workplace Drug Testing Add Opioids

As of Oct. 1, new federal mandatory guidelines for workplace drug testing expanded to include the authority to test for four semi-synthetic opioids: oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and … [Read more...]


IDWeek Tackles Improved Ordering Strategies

IDWeek, the combined annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Pediatric Infectious … [Read more...]


New Strategies Seek to Expand Genetic Counseling Capacity, Remove Workforce Constraints on Testing

Geneticists and genetic counselors are in short supply. The shortage has even been a bottleneck for expanded clinical use of large molecular panels and whole-exome sequencing, which require patient … [Read more...]