Ilenia Infusino

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To be accurate and equivalent, laboratory results should be traceable to higher-order references. Furthermore, their quality should fulfill acceptable measurement uncertainty as defined to fit the intended clinical use. With this aim, in vitro diagnostics (IVD) manufacturers should define a calibration hierarchy to assign traceable values to their system(More)
BACKGROUND Analytical evaluations of an available system for capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) of serum protein have been reported. However, data concerning long-term precision and stability of the system, operated under routine conditions, are lacking. We report data from an internal quality control (QC) scheme, obtained over a 1-year period. METHODS(More)
The measurement uncertainty budget should combine the uncertainty of higher order references, the uncertainty of commercial system calibration, the system imprecision and individual laboratory performance in terms of variability. Here we recommend that no more than one third of the total uncertainty budget, established by appropriate analytical performance(More)
Some of the authors of the article cited above respond: To the Editor: We thank Dr. Diamandis for his comments and wish to comment on some of the issues that he raised. First, we want to clarify that it was not the intention of the original discovery paper (1) or of the recent validation paper (2) to determine the suitability of " this [SELDI] technology(More)
Conflicting data in the literature concern possible differences in the immunochemical measurement of cardiac troponins, either in plasma or in serum. In order to address this specific point, 96 serum and heparin-plasma pairs were obtained for cardiac marker measurement [cardiac troponin T (cTnT); myoglobin (Myo) and creatine kinase-MB isoenzyme (CK-MB)]; 29(More)
The amount of serum monoclonal components (MC), and moreover, their variation with time are important factors for differentiating malignancy-associated from benign gammopathies. Capillary electrophoresis (CE) of serum proteins allows better quantitative measurement in comparison to conventional gel-supported electrophoresis. We investigated the analytical(More)
Laboratory medicine is amongst the fastest growing fields in medicine, crucial in diagnosis, support of prevention and in the monitoring of disease for individual patients and for the evaluation of treatment for populations of patients. Therefore, high quality and safety in laboratory testing has a prominent role in high-quality healthcare. Applied(More)
The goal of standardization for measurement of the catalytic concentration of enzymes is to achieve comparable results in human samples, independent of the reagent kits, instruments, and laboratory where the assay is performed. To pursue this objective, the IFCC has established reference systems for the most important clinical enzymes. These systems are(More)
Determination of serum soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR) is proposed to distinguish between iron-deficiency anemia and anemia of chronic disease. Here we conducted a meta-analysis of the literature to evaluate the diagnostic efficacy of sTfR and sTfR/log ferritin index. The meta-analysis included 18 sTfR and 10 sTfR index studies. Three sTfR index studies(More)