Lydia García-Beltrán

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We present the results of a multicentre evaluation with Boehringer Mannheim/Hitachi instruments of new "enzymatic" methods for the determination of Na+, K+, and Cl- in serum or plasma. The between-day coefficient of variation was less than 1.4% (Na+), less than 2.6% (K+) and less than 1.7% (Cl-). The linear range of the assays were at least 80 to 200 mmol/l(More)
OBJECTIVE Assessment of preanalytical and storage conditions for selenium determination in urine. DESIGN AND METHOD A design is established for the study of the effect of HCl as sample preservative, and for the stability of urine samples with time and temperature of storage. The effect of sample sonication before taking aliquots is also evaluated. All(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Discrepancies between serum and heparin plasma samples have been described for many commercial troponin assays including the cardiac troponin T (cTnT) assay. Using the current 3rd generation Elecsys Troponin T immunoassay, heparin plasma cannot be recommended for the determination of cTnT due to systematic lower test results caused(More)
The pharmacokinetics of gentamicin in adult patients with endocarditis were studied. The records were reviewed for 64 patients treated for bacterial endocarditis and for whom serum gentamicin concentrations had been requested between May 1990 and May 1993. The patients were divided into those with serum creatinine concentration (SCr) <1.2 mg/dL and those(More)
Plasma selenium reference values from healthy donors in the metropolitan area of Barcelona are determined. A random sample from 156 healthy adults (control group) is analysed by using electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry with Zeeman effect background correction. The relationship between several pathologies and Se content is also evaluated. Se(More)
The dual aim of the present study is the investigation of the stability of plasma samples for selenium determination with time and temperature and the assessment of the calibration method. A comparative study is performed, using two calibration methods: standard addition to each sample and matrix matched curve. Our findings show that, in general,(More)
A retrospective study of stat and routine laboratory analysis turnaround time was performed in a 1000-bed public hospital before and after the implementation of instrument and computer changes. Significant decreases in turnaround time were found for enzyme tests in the stat laboratory and for all analytes studied in the routine laboratory. The decrease in(More)
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