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a "quality control" term that refers to how close a lab result is to the actual value. measured by comparing test results is a specified lab to results obtained from an established standard. used with the term "prescision" to assess the quality & effect


ACD stands for what?

acid sitrate dextrose


acid citrate dextrose

an additive commonly used in specimen collection for blood donations to prevent clotting. It ensures that the red blood cells maintain their oxygen-carrying capacity.


active listening

a set of skills that enables an individual to become a more effective listener. Skills include concentrating on the speaker, getting ready to listen by clearing one's mind of distracting thoughts, use of silent pauses when appropriate, providing reassur



substances, such as gels, clotting activators, or anticoagulants, that are added in small amounts to specimen collection tubes to alter the specimen so as to make it appropriate for lab analysis or handling.


ACA stands for what?

Affordable Care Act


Affordable Care Act

the US health care reform law enacted in 2010, with three primary goals: 1) to provide affordable health insurance to more Americans. 2) to expand the Medicaid program to cover more poverty-stricken individuals 3) to support innovative medical care delive


age-specific care considerations

providing services that are age appropriate and consideration (eg, special considerations that are needed for different ages of children, such as toddler or teen, and also for geriatric patients). Factors typically relate to age-related fears/concerns, co



a colorless liquid that can be used as an antiseptic



a portion of a blood specimen that has been removed/separated from the original primary specimen tube after initial processing (centrifugation). Considered to be identical to all other portions of the original sample of serum, plasma, urine, and cerebros


Allen Test

procedure used prior to drawing specimens for arterial blood gases (ABGs) from the radial artery. It ensures that the ulnar and radial arteries are providing collateral circulation to the hand area.


Processes invloved in the Allen Test.

Compress arteries to the hand and empty the hand of arterial blood. Release the compression to see if circulation is immediately restored. A negative test indicates that collateral circulation is not sufficient and an alternative artery (brachial or fem


allergic reaction

a condition caused by an abnormal reaction of the body's immune system to a foreign substance.


Alzheimer's disease (AD)

a chronic neurodegenerative disease that causes the majority of cases of demential, or loss of intellectual abilities. It is more prevalent in older patients.


ambulatory care

health care services that are delivered in an outpatient or clinic or medical office setting. The term implies that the patients are able to ambulate (walk) to the clinic to receive the services


ASCLS stands for what?

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Scientists


American Society for Clinical Laboratory Scientists (ASCLS)

an international professional organization for laboratory personnel that provides continuing education and conference activities for laboratory professionals


ASCP stands for what?

American Society for Clinical Pathology


Americal Society for Clinical Pathology

professional organization offering clinical and research conferences, many types of continuing education activities, and ongoing certification programs. Certification is through the Board of Certification (BOC) for many types of laboratory professionals a



a substance being analyzed e.g., a chemical analysis


analytic phase

refers to the phase in laboratory testing in which the specimen is actually assessed or evaluated, and results are confirmed and reported.


anatomic pathology

a major area of laboratory services in which autopsies are performed and surgical biopsy tissues are analyzed



a medical condition in which there is a reduction in hemoglobin, thus lowering the O2 carrying capacity of blood cells



the area of the forearm (around the crease of the elbow) most commonly used for selecting veins prior to venipuncture. The median cubital vein is the best anchored and least risk-prone vein for venipuncture in most patients



the front or ventral area of the body that includes the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis



substance introduced into the blood or a blood specimen to prevent the clotting process


antiglycolytic agent

an additive used in blood collection tubes that prevents glycolysis



a chemical or therapeutic agent that destroys microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi


antiseptic hand rub

a waterless antiseptic product that can be rubbed onto all surfaces of the hands to reduce the number of microorganisms present; the hands should be rubbed until the product has dried


antiseptic hand wash

soap and water or detergents containing an antiseptic agent used for washing the hands to reduce the risk of infection by destroying the microorganisms present