Pipettes are marked either TC “To Contain” or TD “To Deliver”. You will find this identification on the side or top of the pipette. If the pipette is marked with at TD, you must let it drain naturally into your container. A small amount of liquid will be left in the device. If the pipette is marked TC, you must utilize the pipette bulb to blow out the remaining liquid from the pipette tip into your container.


Lab-Ask, free online community for lab professionals

Lincoln, RI. (November 15, 2014),Total Lab Care (TLC), an ELITechGroup specialized consultant provider for Physician Office Laboratories (POLs) announces the launch of Lab-Ask, a free online community for laboratory professionals. Lab-Ask connects you to industry experts with years of proven experience covering all aspects of the POL. As medical technologists, educators and administrators, they are prepared to answer any lab-related question including but not limited to regulatory, billing & reimbursement, profitability and operations.

Lab-Ask also offers access to countless resources such as industry updates, expert tips, technical bulletins and is the perfect platform to learn, share and connect with your peers. Todd Proud, Director of TLC, says, “Lab-Ask provides POLs with unique access to resources to assist them in their day to day operations. Our goal is to offer piece of mind with personalized support not typically available to small to medium size medical practices.” Come join the conversation now on lab-ask.com!

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Transition from EQC to IQCP: What it means to Physician Office Laboratories

On January 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a new alternative Quality Control (QC) option for non-waived laboratory testing. CLIA laboratories can now begin to voluntarily transition away from Equivalent Quality Control (EQC) and begin using either the default CLIA Quality Control (QC) requirement, or the new option called the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP). Physician Office Laboratories (POLs) will now have to determine if IQCP is the right choice for them.

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Interim Guidance for Specimen Collection, Transport, Testing, and Submission for Persons Under Investigation for Ebola Virus Disease in the United States

Check out this article for laboratorians and other healthcare personnel handling specimens for Ebola testing

Key Points

  • U.S. clinical laboratories can safely handle specimens from these potential Ebola patients by taking all required precautions and practices in the laboratory, specifically designed for pathogens spread in the blood.
  • Risk assessments should be conducted by each laboratory director, biosafety officer, or other responsible person to determine the potential for sprays, splashes, or aerosol generated during laboratory procedures.
  • Any person collecting specimens from a patient with suspected Ebola virus disease should wear appropriate PPE.
  • Anyone collecting specimens from a patient should follow the procedures below for transporting them through the healthcare facility, clean-up of spills, storing, packaging and shipping to CDC for testing.

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Vitamin D testing: what’s right for your lab?

Why is vitamin D important?

Why should total 25(OH) vitamin D be measured?

How are vitamin D assays standardized?

Why is vitamin D technically challenging?

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, an estimated one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient or insufficient. Experts believe at least half of adults over the age of 65 years have reduced bone density. Major causes are the lack of exposure to sunshine and an inadequate supply of vitamin D from foods. Physicians and patients are increasingly aware of vitamin D insufficiency, and labs are responding.

Reference: Medical Laboratory Observer

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