The intended objective of this newsletter is to highlight the importance of early detection of chronic kidney disease (CKD). The diagnosis of CKD often require the input of many disciplines along side that of the primary health care giver. It is common for patients with CKD to also have other chronic conditions, including but not restricted to hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Malaria has plagued humankind since ancient times and is still a significant threat to around half of the world’s population. Although malaria infections are primarily a problem in tropical regions, they occur ever more frequently also in non-endemic areas due to tourism and globalisation.
A deeper insight about an activation of the immune response of patients can be acquired from newly available diagnostic parameters that support differentiation between inflammation and infection, different pathogenic causes of infection (viral versus bacterial) and different types of immune response: early innate, cellular or humoral immune response.
The Blood Bank mode (BB mode) is an optional mode for blood product measurement and quantification of residual cells left in the manufactured blood products. The front side of the lab information card gives an overview of blood component analysis and explains the benefit of the BB mode. The flip side presents information about sample types, technological requirements, workflow enhancements and specifications of the mode.
Platelets are normally measured by impedance, but when interferences are present, this may lead to a wrong count. There are alternatives methods for platelet measurement that are here explained in detailed, like the fluorescence flow cytometry and the accurate count provided by the PLT-F channel.