About Critical Values

Critical Values is the go-to resource for the entire laboratory team, providing insight and information on the latest research, information, and issues within pathology and laboratory medicine. The print and online magazine invites submissions on topics including, but not limited to, advocacy, education, technology, global health, workforce, workplace best practices, and leadership.

Questions? Comments? Email us at criticalvalues@ascp.org.

ASCP Staff Advisers

E. Blair Holladay, PhD, MASCP, SCT(ASCP)CM
Chief Executive Officer 

Critical Values Staff

Molly Strzelecki  Editor 

Susan Montgomery  Contributing Editor

Martin Tyminski  Creative Director  

Jennifer Brinson  Art Direction and Design  

Our Recent Articles

ICYMI: Around the Journals July 2021

Jul 21, 2021, 16:28 PM by Molly Strzelecki

AJCPand Lab Medicinejournals publish original research, case studies, and more that is important to pathology and laboratory medicine.

Here are some highlights you may have missed.


The pandemic disrupted just about every aspect of life, especially education. The authors of this new study reviewed how pandemic-related education disruption may affect pathology manpower across the globe, and identify solutions to mitigate it.


Accurate cancer diagnoses are critical to quality care. A recent study looked at the results of a lab improvement process to help improve access to cancer diagnostics and build capacity for quality and timely laboratory diagnostics in Uganda.


Fraud. Abuse. No, it’s not your next primetime crime drama. Corruption is a serious and widely acknowledged problem in low- and middle-income countries, yet little is known about how it affects the delivery of pathology and laboratory medicine services. A recent review takes the first step toward examining the corruption risks that can impact the lab.



In Laboratory Medicine…


Google: It’s for more than just finding the answer to that trivia question that’s been bothering you for a week. Google searches for clinical symptom keywords have shown to correlate with the number of new weekly patients with COVID-19, according to a new multinational study. Demand for SARS-CoV-2 tests could also be predicted. Read on to find out more.


Are their such things as easy-to-understand regulations? Maybe, but when it comes to regulations for clinical labs in the U.S., complexity is almost standard. This new review looks to improve clarity of LDT regulation to help move innovation forward.


Antibody testing for SARS-CoV-2 has been used as a tool in surveillance and control of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the potential role of antibody testing in the diagnosis of current and past COVID-19 infections is ambiguous. This recent case study shows how a combination of tests can be used to draw better conclusions about a patient’s COVID-19 status.