COVID-19 in adults: test menu for hospital blood science laboratories

Paula M. O’Shea, Graham Robert Lee, Tomás P. Griffin, Vincent Tormey, Amjad Hayat, Seán J. Costelloe, Damian Gerard Griffin, Saradha Srinivasan, Maurice O’Kane, Conor M. Burke, John Faul, Christopher J. Thompson, Gerard Curley, William P. Tormey

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© 2020, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland. Introduction: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is a respiratory illness caused by the novel severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The Clinical Blood Sciences Laboratory (CBSL) plays a key role in supporting the monitoring and management of patients with COVID-19 disease. Objective: To provide a comprehensive CBSL testing protocol to support the medical management of SARS-CoV-2 infection. Methods: Description of the biochemical, haematological and immunological tests that have a role in the assessment and monitoring of patients with COVID-19 infection. Results: We provide a test menu for clinical laboratories to ensure the effective monitoring, management and prognostication of COVID-19 patients in hospital. Conclusion: Given the rapidity with which patients with COVID-19 disease can deteriorate, we recommend regular testing with vigilance paid to the rate and trajectory of change in each of these parameters.
Original languageEnglish
JournalIrish Journal of Medical Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2020

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