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by SEKISUI DIAGNOSTICS

For patients and physicians alike, it may feel like we’re bombarded with flu warnings from all sides, especially after the brutal 2017-2018 flu season. Walk into almost any drug store or grocery store and you’ll see signs advertising that flu shots are available. Clinicians likely have signs in the waiting room reminding you to get your vaccination, and once the season starts, cable news will certainly report on the severity of the virus this year.

by DYLAN J. CHADWICK

We all laughed at Casey, bright-eyed and eager, when we started our hike. He'd seemingly bought out an entire military surplus store in preparation, while we'd opted (through a heady combination of laziness and daring) to pack as little as possible. Most curiously was Casey's hand-pump micron water filter. Roughly the size of a cinder-block and forged from heavy metal, we snorted incredulously as he clipped the device to his pack, hiked up his shorts and started his journey, clattering like an old Buick.

by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP) 

There may be circumstances when laboratories consider the option to modify an FDA-cleared or approved test system. These may be due to the specific needs of the population served, or based on cost/benefit analyses of instrumentation and reagent use; or based on the logistics of in-house testing capabilities.  CLIA allows clinical laboratories to modify their FDA-approved tests, and even to develop their own tests, known as laboratory-developed tests (LDTs), as long as they follow the requirements to validate the performance characteristics of their modified or in-house developed tests.