Laboratory Assessment of Vitamin Status provides a comprehensive understanding of the limitations of commonly used approaches used for the evaluation of vitamin status, reducing harm in the general health setting. It outlines the application of 'Best Practice' approaches to the evaluation of vitamin status, giving physicians and other healthcare professionals the opportunity to make evidence-based interventions. Nearly every metabolic and developmental pathway in the human body has a dependency on at least one micronutrient. Currently, the clinical utility of approaches taken by laboratories for the assessment of vitamin status is generally poorly understood, missing the opportunity to diagnosis vitamin deficiencies. This essential reference gives clinical and biomedical scientists an understanding of the limitations of commonly used approaches to the evaluation of vitamin status in the general health setting through change in practice. Nutritionists and dietitians gain an understanding of more sophisticated markers of vitamin status.
- Describes specialist assays in sufficient detail to enable laboratories to replicate what is being performed by expert groups
- Provides detailed information that supports laboratories in the setting up of methods for the evaluation of vitamin status
- Informs laboratories looking for third party providers of specialist investigations
- Provides an essential overview of reference ranges for each vitamin
1. From discovery to diagnosis
Fat-soluble vitamins 2. Vitamin A 3. Vitamin D 4. Vitamin E 5. Vitamin K
Water-soluble vitamins 7. Vitamin B2 8. Vitamin B5 9. Vitamin B6 10. Vitamin B7 11. Folate (Vitamin B9) 12. Vitamin B12 13. Vitamin C
Dr. Harrington is the Chief Scientific Officer for Viapath which provides the laboratory pathology services for large teaching hospitals in London and beyond. He is a Consultant Clinical Scientist and founding and current Director of the Human Nutristasis Unit at St. Thomas', and Head of Laboratory Hemostasis and Thrombosis. He is also Reader in Diagnostic Hematology at King's College London.
Dr. Harrington has a longstanding interest in the development and implementation of novel laboratory markers for the assessment of vitamin status, influencing practice in the UK and internationally. He has raised awareness that laboratory tests routinely used to determine vitamin status are often not sensitive enough to detect patients who would benefit from nutritional support. Recent awards and recognition include: Advancing Healthcare Science award for Innovation from the Academy of Healthcare Science; Serco Global Innovation Award Winner for 'Improving Lives through Innovation'; UK Department of Health 'Extraordinary you - Healthcare Science'.