Counter-productive

Posted by @ 11:51 pm on Thursday 18th May, 2017.

I went to Leicester General today for yet another venesection. While I was being bled they gave me my serum ferritin test result for the sample taken prior to the previous venesection performed on 27th April. That result was 427 × 10-6 g/L

Compare that to my serum ferritin test result for the sample taken prior to the outpatient consultation at Leicester Royal only the week before. That result was 366 × 10-6 g/L

That implies an increase of over 16%. With no medication or medical procedure between those tests.

Now, I've taken on board their assertion that they are OK with swings of up to 20% (regardless of whether I'm OK with them), but that applies to things which are supposed to stay fairly constant. In this case, however, we are dealing with something that's supposed to be a reduction protocol. There is no good reason for such an increase, yet I suspect they'll say that it's no cause for concern.

I'm no jerk but I do know the difference between shit and Shinola...

 

 

I'll get the result of today's test next Tuesday, and there will be another test prior to next Thursday's out-patient consultation. I reckon that those results will confirm that it's a lab problem rather than anything wrong with me.

It could be an interesting week at University Hospitals of Leicester. If they pin the blame on differences between what goes on at the test labs I'll be lecturing them about calibration, standards, and the like. I'll be on firm ground there. I think that their "swings of up to 20% are OK" assertion is just an arse-covering disclaimer.

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3 Responses to “Counter-productive”

  1. Glen Rayner says:

    I have recently become a customer of the LRI. A very pleasant professor of genetics is doing a genetic comparison with my (now late) brother and nephew which involves getting genetic material from Stuttgart. It will be interesting to see how that works out.

  2. BG! says:

    Stuttgart? Good luck with that, they aren't good at such logistical things. It took them OVER FIFTEEN WEEKS to get my hospital records from the Royal to the General and they're only about 3 miles apart. It takes me 15- 20 minutes in the car.

    Hope it goes well for you, keep me posted. If we happen to meet there I'll take you for one of their "mostly" halal curries 🙂

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