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Common Test-Ordering Errors
Part 6: Overordered Microbiology Tests

HIV-Qualitative & Quantitative (Same Order)
Serum Bacterial Antigen



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MML Discontinued Serum Bacterial Antigen Testing

Slide 10

September 2010

Because serum bacterial antigen testing may produce high numbers of false-negative and false-positive results, relying on serum bacterial antigen results constitutes substandard patient care and the use of bacterial antigen testing in conjunction with other diagnostics tests represents, at best, an unnecessary expense that adds little to patient care and, at worst, negatively impacts patient care. Consequently, we discontinued the test and no longer even offer it to our clients.

Discontinued Testing

 


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