Please join our sponsor Precision BioLogic Inc at Booth 106 in the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Summit of North America Biennial meeting this week, Thursday, April 10–Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Chicago Sheraton. While there, please plan to visit our posters, McGlasson DL, Fritsma GA, #53: Do We Need To Normalize the Dilute Russell Viper Venom Time Screen/Confirm Ratio?, Thursday, April 10, 4–5:30; and McGlasson DL, Fritsma GA, Ezzell E, Anderson N: #139: Comparison of Four Dabigatran Assays in an Anticoagulation Clinic Population, Friday, April 11, 5–6:30. We look forward to seeing you there.
Thanks to colleague Ali Sadeghi-Khomami PhD for his heads-up announcing the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis‘ World Thrombosis Day launch. World Thrombosis Day will be held annually on October 13, the birthday of Rudolph Virchow, 1821, who coined the terms embolism and thrombosis. See the ISTH World Thrombosis Day page for details.
Our hemostasis conference recommendations page provides some recent meeting updates. Feel free to visit the page often. Geo.
With thanks for notification from Elaine Benoit, your North American Specialized Coagulation Laboratory Association (NASCOLA) November Newsletter is attached, Among many noteworthy articles, the NASCOLA newsletter features a description of Fritsma Factor. Thanks to NASCOLA for featuring us and to Precision BioLogic Inc for hosting The Fritsma Factor since 2007!
November NASCOLA Newsletter
With a thanks for the heads-up to Elaine Benoit, Precision BioLogic Inc, here is a fascinating retrospective on Hemophilia testing, Barrowcliffe TW, Laboratory testing and standardisation. Haemophilia 2013;19:799–804, in the November, 2013 edition of the Journal, Haemophilia, publication of the World Federation of Haemophilia. Click here for the article:
Barrowcliffe: Laboratory Testing and Standardisation
Thanks to Elaine Benoit at Precision BioLogic, our Conference Recommendation calendar is updated and ready for browsing. If you know of any event that is not on the calendar, please send George the name, sponsor, dates, and location for posting. Thank you.
On October 16, 2013 George spoke on the subject, “Clumsy Coagulation Communication, Let’s Blame the Lab” in Seattle, Washington. One issue we discussed was confusing coagulation test names, and we talked about the kinds of erroneous orders that are generated. Here is a follow-up to the presentation, a brief list of confusing names with an explanation for each. This list may be incomplete, please comment with some test ordering and naming problems you have seen. Geo.
Confusing Coagulation Test Names
Dorothy (Adcock) Funk, MD, Medical Director at Colorado Coagulation, which is affiliated with LabCorp, Inc, sent along the sad news that Marshall Thompson, Special Coagulation Manager at the Burlington, NC laboratory, passed away on Tuesday, September 17. Here is a link to Mr. Thompson’s Burlington Times-News death notice. Thanks to Dr. Adcock for providing the information, and our condolences to Mr. Thompson’s family and all his friends and colleagues at LabCorp.