Research & Development
ASH-ASPHO offers guidance on pediatric hematology tests
The two testing recommendations regarding hematologic testing in pediatric patients are as follows:
January 30, 2022
Flu shots may protect against severe COVID-19
The annual flu shot may reduce the risks of stroke, sepsis, and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in patients with COVID-19. Also, those who received influenza vaccines were significantly less likely to visit emergency departments and be admitted to intensive care units, according to the findings.
August 3, 2021
Blood-sampling robot performs as well as people
The tool could improve patient care, noted a team led by doctoral candidate Josh Leipheimer: Clinicians fail 27% of the time to obtain blood samples from patients without visible veins, 40% of the time in patients without palpable veins, and 60% of the time in emaciated patients. Repeated failures to start an IV line can increase the risk of phlebitis, thrombosis, and infections.
February 9, 2020
New blood test method rules out pulmonary embolism
The new approach, developed by researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and Hamilton Health Sciences, a hospital network in Hamilton, is helpful with D-dimer blood tests, which physicians utilize when trying to rule out the presence of a blood clot.
November 27, 2019
Open-access software takes aim at ELISA test variability
Hospitals and clinical labs use ELISA tests to measure biomarkers in substances such as blood, plasma, and urine. ELISA test kits used for medical applications are tightly regulated to ensure accuracy and consistency. However, ELISA test kits used for research applications are unregulated, a situation that results in variability between different testing kits and clinical labs.
April 17, 2019
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