2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Press Program

The IFCC presents the COVID-19 Information Guide

The IFCC is pleased to publish an online resource providing key information on laboratory guidelines, biosafety, and other important resources to assist member societies around the world and their clinical laboratories as they face the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Milan (IT), 16 December 2020 - The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) is pleased to present its COVID-19 Information Guide. The IFCC Information Guide on COVID-19, initially published on 23 March 2020, is continuously updated. The current version is dated: Monday 7 December. A Summary of the Guide in Spanish and Czech is also available. 

Coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated to COVID-19, is an emerging global pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). As the number of individuals infected with COVID-19 continues to rise globally and healthcare systems become increasingly stressed, it is clear that the clinical laboratory plays an essential role in this crisis, contributing to patient screening, diagnosis, monitoring/treatment, as well as epidemiologic recovery and surveillance. The IFCC COVID-19 Information Guide aims to organize relevant available information on laboratory screening, testing protocols, diagnosis, and other general information on COVID-19 for laboratory professionals, including links to helpful resources and interim guidelines. It is continually updated as new guidelines and literature become available.

The Guide sections are:

  1. General Information
  2. Patient Screening
  3. Diagnostic Testing
  4. Biosafety Guidelines for the Clinical Laboratory
  5. Biochemical Monitoring of COVID-19 Patients
  6. Other Educational Materials & Webinars
  7. Big Data Tools 

Coordinators of the IFCC COVID-19 Guide are: Mary Kathryn Bohn and Khosrow Adeli University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

 

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IFCC advances excellence in laboratory medicine for better healthcare worldwide.

It is the leading organization in the field of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine worldwide. Through leadership and innovation in science and education, IFCC strives to enhance the scientific level and the quality of diagnosis and therapy for patients throughout the world. IFCC builds on the professionalism of its members to provide quality services to patients. IFCC is a Federation of 93 Full Member and 17 Affiliate member Societies of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine representing more than 45.000 individual clinical chemists, laboratory scientists, and laboratory physicians and 50 Corporate Members covering the major areas of clinical laboratory developments.



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