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by DYLAN J. CHADWICK

We all laughed at Casey, bright-eyed and eager, when we started our hike. He'd seemingly bought out an entire military surplus store in preparation, while we'd opted (through a heady combination of laziness and daring) to pack as little as possible. Most curiously was Casey's hand-pump micron water filter. Roughly the size of a cinder-block and forged from heavy metal, we snorted incredulously as he clipped the device to his pack, hiked up his shorts and started his journey, clattering like an old Buick.

by IRWIN Z. ROTHENBERG, MBA, MS, CLS(ASCP) 

The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA 88) created the concept of waived tests which are defined as tests that are so simple to perform, and produce accurate results so reliably, as to render the likelihood of erroneous results negligible; and which also pose no reasonable risk of harm to the patient even if the test is performed incorrectly. Thus, these tests are exempt from federal requirements for personnel qualification, training, and competency assessment; quality control (except as specified by the manufacturer), proficiency testing, quality assessment, and the need for routine inspection.