Zorica Šumarac

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The aims of the present study were to determine the prevalence of depression in our dialysis patients, to detect the most powerful variables associated with depression, and to determine the role of depression in prediction of mortality. The prospective follow-up study of 128 patients (77 HD and 51 CAPD, 65 male, aged 53.8 +/- 13.5 years, dialysis duration(More)
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)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the study was to evaluate the efficiency of the biomarkers chitotriosidase (Chito), total acid phosphatase (TACP), angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) and ferritin in the diagnosis of Gaucher disease (GD) and to assess the utility of biomarkers for monitoring the effects of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). DESIGN AND METHODS Forty(More)
The incidence of renal tuberculosis has declined slowly in recent years, but its development has also changed. There are silent forms with few symptoms of spread and without very great bladder pain; nevertheless these forms can be very destructive, and even on first presentation may show a destroyed kidney. Our Urological Clinic in Belgrade treated 1,890(More)
Quality indicators (QIs) are fundamental tools for enabling users to quantify the quality of all operational processes by comparing it against a defined criterion. QIs data should be collected over time to identify, correct, and continuously monitor defects and improve performance and patient safety by identifying and implementing effective interventions.(More)
BACKGROUND European questionnaire survey was conducted by the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine Working Group for the Preanalytical Phase (EFLM WG-PA) to assess how phlebotomy is performed in EFLM countries, including differences in personnel, level of education and skills, and to investigate the presence and compliance of(More)
BACKGROUND An observational study was conducted in 12 European countries by the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine Working Group for the Preanalytical Phase (EFLM WG-PRE) to assess the level of compliance with the CLSI H3-A6 guidelines. METHODS A structured checklist including 29 items was created to assess the compliance of(More)
There is a paucity of data on the effects of enzyme replacement therapy (ERT) on the coagulation abnormalities and platelet function of patients with Gaucher's disease (GDPs) and much of this data are controversial. This study investigates the haemostatic parameters in treatment-naïve GDPs and the effects of ERT. 31 Serbian treatment-naïve type 1 GDPs (M/F(More)
The knowledge of error rates is essential in all clinical laboratories as it enables them to accurately identify their risk level, and compare it with those of other laboratories in order to evaluate their performance in relation to the State-of-the-Art (i.e. benchmarking) and define priorities for improvement actions. Although no activity is risk free, it(More)
INTRODUCTION We evaluated a novel approach for investigation of lymphocyte dysregulation in Gaucher patients by including determination of IgH and TCR gene rearrangements together with levels of immunoglobulins, natural autoantibodies as well as presence of monoclonal protein. MATERIALS AND METHODS Measurement of serum immunoglobulins, monoclonal(More)