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The reticulocyte count reflects the erythropoietic activity of the bone marrow and is thus useful in both the diagnosis of anemias and in monitoring bone marrow response to therapy. Starting in the mid-1990s, automated flow-cytometric analysis has replaced traditional microscopic quantitation of reticulocytes. Reticulocyte analysis now includes measurements(More)
BACKGROUND Critical value reporting is considered an essential tool to ensure the quality of medical laboratory services. Important issues include defining cut-off values, assessing responsibility for communication and adopting information technology solutions to improve notification. Here, we report the state of critical value reporting in a large cohort(More)
Although the length of sedimentation reaction in blood (LSRB) (commonly, but improperly called erythrocyte sedimentation rate, ESR) has long been used in clinical laboratories because it is simple and low-cost, its sensitivity and specificity are unsatisfactory. Usually, the values are reported using the Westergren method with sodium citrate-anticoagulated(More)
The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) remains the most widely used laboratory test for monitoring the course of infections, inflammatory diseases, and some types of cancer. Several test methods have been developed recently, and as a result the safety and reliability of ESR testing procedures have improved. The method recommended by the International(More)
Platelet-Derived Growth Factor is involved in the atherogenesis and in the genesis of vascular alterations in diabetes mellitus. Its evaluation in platelet extract, by means of the mitogenic stimulation of BALB/c 3T3 fibroblasts, showed significantly reduced values in ten diabetics compared with ten normal controls. Platelet poor plasma mitogenic activity(More)
The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), now more appropriately referred to as the "length of sedimentation reaction in blood (LSRB)", remains the most widely used laboratory test for monitoring the course of infections, inflammatory diseases and some types of cancer. Thanks to the several recently developed methods for the measurement of this reaction,(More)
In the present study we demonstrated that the compound 3-amino-1,2,4-triazole (AMT) is a strong inhibitor of erythrocyte glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activity. Moreover, AMT inhibits arachidonic-induced malondialdehyde formation in platelet-rich plasma and prostacyclin-like activity generation in aorta rings. These results give new lines of evidence on(More)
Failure to adequately communicate a critical laboratory value is a potential cause of adverse events. Accreditation requirements specify that clinical laboratories must undertake assessments and appropriate measures to improve the timeliness of critical value reporting and prompt receipt by the responsible caregiver. Documentation and communication(More)