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The Artery continues to be a great member benefit where you can receive solutions to your most perplexing questions.  This past month several solutions were shared including "How do labs reduce pre-analytical hemolysis?". Read on for our editor's picks of the best discussions on the Artery in April. PTH Sample to Use: EDTA Plasma or Serum? Initiated by Carmelo Moreno Most labs use EDTA plasma, with one lab taking a separate sample of serum or heparin plasma for calcium determination. Plasma was traditionally thought to be best because specimens could be centrifuged immediately, which presumably inhibited protease action. One lab uses serum, however, and ...
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Though I have been an AACC member for 5 years, the past year ended up being the most exciting one I’ve had with the association to date thanks to my time serving as an Artery ambassador. Volunteering as an ambassador has given me the chance to try something new, to contribute to AACC, and to gain confidence and build a real sense of achievement. It presents new challenges every day but is also super fun at the same time. Most significantly, through this role I have become part of the Artery community,where I can connect in real-time with clinical chemists around the world and learn new skills. AACC Artery provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to share knowledge ...
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Dear Artery   members,   I had the recent opportunity and honor to interview Dr.   Nichole Korpi-Steiner, who chairs the SYCL (Society for Young Clinical Laboratorians) core committee and is director of point-of-care testing (POCT) and associate director of the core lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill.   In conversing with her I discovered that she is so   calm and nature-friendly, as well as a family and fun-loving person, enjoying BBQ and campfires in her backyard  and exploring the variety of foods we have here in North Carolina. Nichole completed her graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and found the field ...