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To learn more about laboratory medicine in general and gain a greater understanding of how laboratory testing can impact your healthcare, read the following in-depth articles. These patient resources are intended to help you navigate the testing process, provide context for the tests that you may have done and give you a better understanding of your test results.

Patient Blood Management (PBM) is used by clinicians to optimize a patient’s current medical condition to ensure successful recovery. Its main focus is on preventing anemia and/or blood loss, but it also involves investigating and treating anemia when present.
Learn about transfusion medicine and blood banking. Transfusion medicine is the branch of medicine that is concerned with the process of collecting (donation), testing, processing, storing, and transfusing blood and its components. It is a cornerstone of emergency and surgical medicine. Blood banks are sections of clinical laboratories that process, test, and distribute blood and its components.
High standards of quality for clinical laboratories are maintained by federal and state government, laboratory professional organizations, and individual laboratories themselves.
Forensic testing is the gathering of data for analysis and for use in legal proceedings, depending on the laws of particular jurisdictions. Learn how forensic testing differs from clinical laboratory testing, including the special training required for lab personnel and unique procedures employed.
Today's technologies allow testing on an impressively wide variety of samples collected from the human body. Learn about these samples and how they are collected to ensure accurate and reliable testing.
You can reap the benefits of home testing—convenience, privacy, control—as long as you educate yourself about the potential tradeoffs between quality and convenience.
Many of the decisions you and your healthcare provider make about your health status are based on laboratory data. Learn why you and your provider can trust the results coming from the laboratory and why that trust is well-placed.
Learn in-depth details about genetic testing, a rapidly developing field of laboratory testing that has already had a significant impact on the practice of medicine.
What seems like a simple medical test to the average adult can be significantly more challenging to an elderly person. This articles offers some suggestions for helping elderly patients through some of the practical matters of collecting a test sample.
Learn how a caring grownup can help a child cope with any physical pain or discomfort as well as any fear, anxiety, or emotional reactions that may occur as a sample is collected for laboratory testing.