Francesco Dima

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Total quality in laboratory medicine should be defined as the guarantee that each activity throughout the total testing process is correctly performed, providing valuable medical decision-making and effective patient care. In the past decades, a 10-fold reduction in the analytical error rate has been achieved thanks to improvements in both reliability and(More)
The measurement of cardiac troponins has emerged as the biochemical "gold standard" for the diagnosis and management of patients with acute chest pain. However, earlier markers should support investigation strategies, as several patients with acute coronary syndrome might present with non-diagnostic concentrations. Ischemia-modified albumin (IMA), measured(More)
BACKGROUND The preanalytical phase is considered the most vulnerable phase in biopreservation, biobanking, and laboratory diagnostics. Accurate mixing after blood collection is claimed to be important and recommended by the manufacturers. OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether it is really necessary to mix the primary blood tubes immediately after blood collection(More)
BACKGROUND The aims of this study were to compare the diagnostic accuracy of blood smear review criteria, by means of three different panel rules, those proposed by: the International Consensus Group for Hematology [41-ICGH rules], the Italian Survey [IS rules] and the Working Group on Hematology-SIBioC (WGH) consensus rules (WGH rules). METHODS This(More)
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