Laboratory Assessment of Vitamin Status provides a comprehensive understanding of the limitations of commonly used approaches to evaluate vitamin status. 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. 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 in the evaluation of vitamin status in general health settings.
Nutritionists and dietitians gain an understanding of more sophisticated markers of vitamin status.
- Describes specialist assays, thus enabling laboratories to replicate the performance metrics of 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
Collection and handling of blood Reference ranges and normal values
Fat-soluble vitamins 1. An overview of general aspects 2. Vitamin A 3. Vitamin D 4. Vitamin E 5. Vitamin K
Water-soluble vitamins 6. An overview of general aspects 7. Vitamin B1 8. Vitamin B2 9. Vitamin B3 10. Vitamin B5 11. Vitamin B6 12. Vitamin B7 13. Folate 14. Vitamin B12 15. Vitamin C
Dr. Harrington is the Scientific Director for the provision of pathology services at Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals in London. He is the 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: Serco Global Innovation Award Winner for 'Improving Lives through Innovation'; Serco Civil Government Divisional Award Winner for Innovation; UK Department of Health 'Extraordinary you - Healthcare Science' recognition; Advancing Healthcare Awards 'Research into Action - Nutristasis'