Best Practices for Administering Waived HIV Tests on National HIV Testing Day

With thousands of consumers expected to receive free HIV testing on National HIV Testing Day, June 27, COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, is offering guidelines to personnel who will perform certain  easy-to-administer tests at health facilities, substance abuse centers, family planning organizations, select Walgreen…

Beigel profiled by Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Sun publishes a recurring feature called “The Interview” in which they talk to Maryland-based CEOs. This week they featured COLA CEO Doug Beigel, who speaks about shortages in the lab workforce and COLA’s efforts to address them.

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Beigel Meets with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D – 7th., MD)

COLA CEO Doug Beigel recently paid a visit to Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings in his office at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Cummings, who represents COLA’s Columbia-based headquarters in the U. S. House of Representatives, serves as Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He also has a long…

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BD Vacutainer Blood Collection Tubes by Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD): Class I Recall – Chemical Interference with Certain Tests

BD Vacutainer EDTA Lavender, Tan, and Pink Top Tubes BD Vacutainer Lithium Heparin Green Top Tube [Posted 03/23/2018] AUDIENCE: Risk Manager, Nursing, Laboratory ISSUE: BD is recalling their Vacutainer EDTA Blood Collection Tubes with lavender, tan, pink and green rubber tube stoppers due to a chemical in the rubber tube stopper that interferes with the…

Answers to all your Zika Questions

A recent USA Today article offers answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the mosquito-borne Zika virus.  The virus has led to an epidemic of birth defects and cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare condition that causes paralysis, in Latin and South America.  The virus can be spread through mosquitos, sexual transmission…

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Announcement from the FDA regarding lead testing

FDA warns Americans about risk of inaccurate results from certain lead tests CDC recommends retesting for certain children, pregnant women and nursing mothers May 17, 2017 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning Americans that certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results for…