FP Essentials™

Laboratory Test Update

Edition #402 | November 2012

Cover: FP Essentials #402 Laboratory Test Update

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  • Describe the most common deficiency found by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments inspectors during evaluations of laboratories that perform point-of-care laboratory testing.
  • Discuss what outcomes, if any, change when point-of-care laboratory tests of lipids, hemoglobin A1c, and international normalized ratio are used in clinical practice.
  • Explain how to use procalcitonin levels in developing a treatment plan for a patient with community-acquired pneumonia.
  • Summarize indications for pneumococcal urinary antigen testing in patients with community-acquired pneumonia.
  • Cite the correct specimen for Group B Streptococcus screening in women in the third trimester of pregnancy.
  • Explain the primary role of cancer biomarkers in the treatment of patients with bladder cancer.
  • Identify biomarkers that should be measured in patients with newly diagnosed invasive breast cancer.
  • Discuss current recommendations about screening for ovarian cancer in average-risk women.
  • Explain how to use soluble transferrin receptor levels for distinguishing iron deficiency anemia from anemia of chronic disease.
  • Describe the typical presentation(s) of myelodysplastic syndrome.

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