Lab Tests Online-UK
Lab Tests Online-UK is written by practising laboratory doctors and scientists to help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. The about this site page describes how the site can help you. Search under conditions and diseases and find information on laboratory tests used for particular diagnosis and/or management or alternatively, if you know the test name, just search under tests.
William Kremer has written an interesting article in the BBC News Magazine with the title ‘Do doctors understand test results?’. It is based on a new book ‘Risk Savvy’ by controversial psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer that also deals with such topics as the risks of stock market crashes and of travelling by plane. Kremer’s article gives examples of the mistaken interpretation of screening test results that should interest both doctors and patients.
On the 9th of June 2014, NHS England issued a patient safety alert to clinical laboratories recommending the implementation of a standardised algorithm to detect acute kidney injury (AKI). The alert provides a standardised version of the algorithm to ensure the same practice is used across all NHS laboratories in England and is aimed to reducing the damage caused by delayed recognition of the condition.
Between 60 and 80% of patients taken to hospital with chest pain are found not to have had a heart attack. In a news item on 20 November 2011 we reported that a rapid "rule out" blood test appeared to hold promise of making hospital admission unnecessary for many patients. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has reviewed recent evidence, and on 16 May 2014 published draft guidance that the use of high-sensitivity cardiac troponin could mean a reduced length of hospital stay for people with a normal result, and earlier treatment for those patients with an abnormal troponin result. Following consultation, NICE plans to publish final guidance in October 2014.