The appropriate and discretionary use of laboratory resources is a paradigm for emergency physicians and other healthcare professionals working in short stay units. This epitome has become more and more true in the past decade, for a number of reasons. First, an unprecedented economical crisis is dramatically inflating public healthcare funding around the globe, and this trend clearly collides with the increasing demand for healthcare services. Simultaneously, major advances in human biology and technology have identified a large number of innovative biomarkers, and these have considerably amplified the diagnostic armamentarium for diagnosing and monitoring human disorders. Last but not least, the uncertainty that still surrounds the use of a number of biomarkers in the emergency room (e.g., cardiospecific troponins among others) has accentuated some ancient diagnostic dilemmas that found their natural expression in the concept of “personalized medicine”.

Less is more, but do not throw out the baby with the bathwater either!

LIPPI, Giuseppe
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2014

Abstract

The appropriate and discretionary use of laboratory resources is a paradigm for emergency physicians and other healthcare professionals working in short stay units. This epitome has become more and more true in the past decade, for a number of reasons. First, an unprecedented economical crisis is dramatically inflating public healthcare funding around the globe, and this trend clearly collides with the increasing demand for healthcare services. Simultaneously, major advances in human biology and technology have identified a large number of innovative biomarkers, and these have considerably amplified the diagnostic armamentarium for diagnosing and monitoring human disorders. Last but not least, the uncertainty that still surrounds the use of a number of biomarkers in the emergency room (e.g., cardiospecific troponins among others) has accentuated some ancient diagnostic dilemmas that found their natural expression in the concept of “personalized medicine”.
laboratory; healthcare; biomarkers
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